Statements from Austin
Says the Obama administration plans to ban all weapons for U.S. citizens through international treaties.
Says legislation supported by gay rights activists would strip "mother" and "father" from future Texas birth certificates.
Says veterans’ disability claims backlog doubled in Obama’s first term.
Says that under the new healthcare law, full- and part-time workers will be required to buy insurance costing $375 to $1,000 a month, starting in 2014.
Says 40 years ago, the U.S. placed Texas under Voting Rights Act for failing to print ballots in Spanish.
Says the state of Texas rates as "unacceptable" almost 500 of the state's 8,000 public schools.
Says that over the past 20 years, Texas public school spending rose 142 percent and per-pupil spending more than tripled when adjusted for inflation.
"Texas’ population is projected to double in the next 50 years or so, but our basic amount of water will remain about where it is now."
Says U.S. corporate tax rate is "highest in the world at 35 percent."
"We’re talking right now about a $12 billion hole in our current, so-called balanced" state "budget."
Says the Central Health district's tax rate is the "lowest among the largest counties in Texas, and it will continue to be the lowest" if voters approve a proposed tax increase.
Says 55 percent of council members have come from area where only 10 percent of Austinites live.
Says the University of Texas can afford to build a medical school because it has a $7 billion endowment and its football program had a $50 million profit last year.
Says he "is the reason we do not pay a toll every time we pass over the bridge at MoPac and William Cannon."
Says she’s never said "don’t build" Texas 45 Southwest.
Says Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton has accepted $42,000 from strip-club interests and $10,000 from local alcohol distributors.
"We confer more PhDs each year than any other university in America except Berkeley."
Says Texas lawmakers last year expanded public education’s share of state spending.
Says black women are "fastest-growing demographic group in ... Texas seeking concealed handgun licenses."
Says Austin voters can approve seven bond propositions "without raising taxes."
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