Statements from Austin
Says student loan interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent July 1.
Says 92 percent of Texas counties had no abortion provider in 2008.
Says the 2014-15 Texas budget increases spending by less than the rate of inflation and population growth.
Says the Obama administration plans to reduce the number of beds devoted to holding individuals violating immigration laws and to "release hundreds of dangerous criminals into our communities."
Says New York has ‘bureaucrats telling you whether you can even drink a Big Gulp.’
Says that when the Rolling Stones performed in an Austin park, they paid $25,000 to the nearby city of Rollingwood "for one night of inconvenience."
Says Texas law requires state agencies to give preference to goods produced and grown in Texas.
Says first eight chosen to draw Austin City Council districts are seven Democratic primary voters and one Republican primary voter.
Says 13 Texas universities "have announced or implemented a $10,000 degree."
"We have one charter school that for seven years has been rated unacceptable."
Says only 25 percent of Texas high school students graduate prepared for college or careers.
Says Sam Houston opposed slavery and as governor said Texas should not leave the union over slavery.
Says Texas high school graduates must pass Algebra II to be eligible for automatic admission to state's public universities.
Says that according to a report, "the tech sector now drives more than one-quarter of Austin’s economy."
Says nearly 1 million people are "coming to town" in the next 20 years.
Says he has sued the Obama administration 25 times.
"Over the last 10 years, Texas created 33 percent of the net new jobs nationwide."
Says Texas leads the nation in fatal industrial accidents.
Says that under Rick Perry’s plan, "Texas has cut funding for public schools by 25%."
Says state’s mandated tests come from an English company.
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