Statements about Economy

Says he was the only statewide elected official to speak in favor of a federal guest worker plan at the 2012 Republican Party of Texas convention.

Women "are still paid 82 cents for every dollar a man earns in Texas."

"If you rent a U-Haul to move your company, it costs twice as much to go from San Francisco to Austin than the other way around, because you can’t find enough trucks to flee the Golden State."

"We have more women living in poverty in this state than almost anywhere else."

Federal law requires residents to participate in the U.S. government’s American Community Survey.

"Every month, we get the reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that say even more people have given up looking for work."

"One out of 10 minimum-wage workers in the U.S. live in Texas."

"Ninety-five percent of all the wages in Texas are above minimum wage."

According to an article in the Economist magazine, Americans are "guaranteed" to live above the poverty line if they graduate from high school, keep their first job for over a year and get and stay married.

Unemployment in Texas has risen over two percentage points with Rick Perry as governor.

"Every year, more than $40 million are leaving Missouri for the Lone Star State."

Says that "unlike Texas, Missouri has a perfect AAA credit rating."

"Texas women make an average of $8,355 less per year than men doing the very same job."

Says Obama policies contributed to gas prices rising from $1.89 in January 2009 to $3.51 today.

Says Americans "invented ‘Pong,’ ‘Space Invaders’ and the iPhone."

Says that according to a report, "the tech sector now drives more than one-quarter of Austin’s economy."

"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 the fertilizer plant that exploded in West, Texas,"had not been inspected by the state of Texas since 2006."

"Most state employees did not receive any pay raise from 2009 to 2012."

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