Statements about State Budget
$6 billion water bond program voters passed in 2011 "has yet to be tapped."
Wendy Davis is "threatening to raise taxes up to $35 billion."
"Thanks to (Rick) Perry's bad budgeting, the (Texas) highway department has to convert some modern paved state roads back to gravel."
Says that "unlike Texas, Missouri has a perfect AAA credit rating."
Says the 2014-15 state budget "cut border security and funding to fight criminal gangs."
"Our recent state budgets have far exceeded population and inflation growth."
Says the 2014-15 Texas budget increases spending by less than the rate of inflation and population growth.
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.
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