State law is clear
Says that "Tennessee law requires that schools receive half of proceeds -- $31 million per year" -- from a half-cent increase in the Shelby County sales tax.
Says that "when Congressman (Steve) Cohen took office in 2007, the unemployment rate was at 4.8 percent. The unemployment rate in Shelby County has reached 9.7 percent."
State increases, but not local
"From a standpoint of the county government, neither school system has received an increase in funding over the past six years."
Applications do not = patents
Says his "patents in ultrasound have revolutionized modern medicine."
Even Reagan had one larger
"Obamacare" represents "the largest tax increase in the history of the world."
"Last resort" does not = threat
Says "city leadership is threatening to lay off police and emergency services personnel to balance the budget."
Shifts blame to schools
"We will not ask for a tax increase to run city government."
It’s no myth
"Nobody is leaving Memphis. That's a myth."
Ignores other considerations
"Shelby County donated – I’m sorry, gave – 44 schools to the city of Memphis."
False no matter how racist were Jim Crow southern Dems
"Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican."
State near bottom; county fares better but pays smaller share
The education tax burden for Shelby County -- and Tennessee -- is "one of the lowest in the country."
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