Statements about State Budget
Says Texas law requires state agencies to give preference to goods produced and grown in Texas.
Says Texas lawmakers agreed to cut state's rainy day fund in half, spending "$4 billion from current $8 billion."
Says that under Rick Perry’s plan, "Texas has cut funding for public schools by 25%."
"Most state employees did not receive any pay raise from 2009 to 2012."
Says businesses pay roughly 60 percent of taxes in Texas.
"Texas ranks 49th in per-pupil funding among the states."
Says Texas ranks 49th nationally in "what we are doing to support our per-pupil investment in education in the state."
Says uncompensated health care costs absorbed by Texas hospitals are adding $1,800 a year to Texas private insurance rates.
Says Texas state funds were spent on "a TV series on spouses cheating on their wives, kind of glorifying the act of cheating."
"Only three in 10 Texas doctors are currently accepting new Medicaid patients."
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 over the past 20 years, Texas public school spending rose 142 percent and per-pupil spending more than tripled when adjusted for inflation.
"We’re talking right now about a $12 billion hole in our current, so-called balanced" state "budget."
Says Texas lawmakers last year expanded public education’s share of state spending.
Says a voter-adopted constitutional amendment "instructed" a state board headed by Jerry Patterson to put $300 million in investment earnings into a fund supporting public school operations.
Says most Texas schools spend 45 out of 180 school days in mandated testing.
Says a portfolio managed by the Texas General Land Office earned 22 percent last year while the state’s emergency reserve account experienced a 1 percent gain.
Says cuts by Gov. Rick Perry's administration left "12,000 teachers without a job."
Says because of Texas lawmakers’ choices, "hundreds of thousands of women no longer have access to basic medical care, life-saving cancer screenings and contraception."
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