Statements from Texas Capitol
"60 percent of Texas 8th graders are not proficient in math. Only 26% have a teacher with a undergraduate major in math."
Says that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.2 percent of Hispanic registered voters in Texas and over 86 percent of African American registered voters participated in the 2012 elections.
Says the U.S. Postal Service has taken no taxpayer aid since 1971, funds operations entirely from the sale of stamps and related products and makes an "operational profit year after year."
Says some Austin school district classrooms lack electrical outlets.
"Texas women make an average of $8,355 less per year than men doing the very same job."
Says Greg Abbott "converted over $1 million in federal grant money intended for use to prosecute online sexual predators and other cyber crimes and instead used it to harass and prosecute senior citizens who were assisting other senior citizens in applying for mail-in ballots."
"Our recent state budgets have far exceeded population and inflation growth."
Says a Justice Department memo "directs that you must openly embrace gay marriage and homosexuality."
"Texas ranks: #1 in worker deaths, #1 carbon emissions, #50 in high school graduates, #50 in funding for mental health patients."
Says Austin is the "largest city in America without a congressional district anchored in it."
Says a growing number of extremely premature babies survive into healthy childhood.
"Abortion is the second-most conducted surgical procedure in this country."
Says Wendy Davis, "born into difficult circumstances," was the daughter of a single mother and a teenage mother herself.
Says unsuccessful Texas abortion legislation "was supported by a majority of" Texans.
Says 97 percent of food stamp benefits "are paid in the proper amounts to people who are really eligible."
Says a "rape kit" can be used to "clean out" women, "basically like" dilation and curettage.
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 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 less than half of 1 percent of all the Texas legislators who ever served draw "a benefit" from pensions tied to the salaries of state district judges.
Says Texas lawmakers agreed to cut state's rainy day fund in half, spending "$4 billion from current $8 billion."
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