Statements from Texas
Says Texas ranks last in the percentage of residents with high school diplomas.
Says the claim that 40 percent of guns are sold without background checks traces to information gathered before background checks were even required.
Says that 9 million to 50 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States.
"Approximately 43 percent of all college grades today are A's, an increase of 28 percentage points since 1960."
"The last time Republicans held hostage a resolution to ensure that our country’s bills were paid cost us more than $1 billion in added interest and slowed the economic recovery."
Says Texas will be "majority Hispanic in six years."
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 Texas is "dead last in support for mental health."
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 the Senate will have a record number of female senators in 2013.
Says Massachusetts has three state-mandated student tests and Finland just one.
Says personal-injury trial lawyers "have provided over 80 percent of the funding for the Texas Democratic Party for over a decade."
Says the Obama administration plans to ban all weapons for U.S. citizens through international treaties.
Says real estate taxes were put in place to pay for Obamacare.
"The poverty level in" the Dallas school district "is one of the highest in the country, higher than New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit and Newark."
Says legislation supported by gay rights activists would strip "mother" and "father" from future Texas birth certificates.
"There is no evidence that poor people abuse drugs more frequently than any other socio-economic group."
Says about 25 Texas cities and 39 states have banned texting while driving.
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.
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