Statements from Austin
Says 90 percent of Americans and 74 percent of National Rifle Association members support background checks of gun purchasers.
Says carbon monoxide is still employed to euthanize dogs and cats in 29 Texas animal shelters.
Says the president of the University of Texas has raised four-year student graduation rates to 75 percent.
Says the Democrats told the Catholic Church that they’ll use federal powers to shut down church charities and hospitals if the church doesn’t change its beliefs.
Says Texas has "11 different felonies you can commit with an oyster."
Says president is ‘spending $2.2 billion to give away "ObamaPhones." ’
Says Travis County's unemployment rate is below the national average while its poverty rate exceeds the national average--and local poverty is rising.
Says Austin is the largest city in the U.S. without nonstop flights to Europe.
Says Texas is last in workers' compensation coverage.
Says Austin trains are "full" at rush hour and "packed" for special events.
Says Texas is "last in mental health expenditures."
Says "the jurisdictions with the strictest gun control laws, almost without exception … have the highest crime rates and the highest murder rates."
"Approximately 43 percent of all college grades today are A's, an increase of 28 percentage points since 1960."
Says Austin’s treated wastewater, put into the Colorado River, is of higher quality than water the city takes from the lake for public use.
Says Texas public school funding grew three times the rate of enrollment from 2002 to 2012.
Says in "our region," 2011 was worst drought year ever recorded.
Says 11 states have more people on welfare than employed.
Says that according to "many reports and even our own data," the state of Texas spent more through Medicaid on orthodontia than all other states combined.
Says that under Texas law, it takes six years to close a failing school.
Says Texas economy is about 30 percent larger than Australia’s.
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