Statements from Texas
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."
Says Americans "invented ‘Pong,’ ‘Space Invaders’ and the iPhone."
Says that in Texas, Republican nominees "get 40 percent of the Latino vote on average."
Says El Paso is the "safest city of our size in the nation."
"We have one charter school that for seven years has been rated unacceptable."
Says it's "estimated that 300 babies a year are sent home from the hospital with an unrecognized congenital heart defect; it is the most common birth defect in America."
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 "we" have put more boots on the U.S.-Mexico border "than at any time in our history, and illegal crossings are down by nearly 80 percent from their peak in 2000."
"The economy added more jobs during four years under Obama than it did in the entire eight years under George W. Bush."
"Over the last 10 years, Texas created 33 percent of the net new jobs nationwide."
Says that under Rick Perry’s plan, "Texas has cut funding for public schools by 25%."
Says only about 250 Texans have been killed in action since 9/11.
Says opponents of proposed Austin school district bonds say the district’s "debt load doubles with these new bonds."
Says proponents of a bond package for the Austin school district say the district has the second-lowest bond tax rate "among the Central Texas area school districts."
"Science has not shown greenhouse gases to be a problem."
Says the fertilizer plant that exploded in West, Texas,"had not been inspected by the state of Texas since 2006."
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