Statements about State Budget
"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."
Says legislative cuts mean Texas is "spending on average $500 less per student."
Says that when adjusted for inflation and population growth, state general revenue spending has decreased 10.7 percent on his watch.
David Dewhurst "has never once cut one penny from the state budget."
The 2011 Legislature did not cut Texas public school funding.
Says she balanced a $10 billion budget shortfall without raising taxes.
Says Texas legislators in 2011 increased state spending on education.
Says he signed legislation leading to 12 Texas abortion clinics being closed.
Says 282 Texas school districts have requested emergency waivers to increase elementary school class sizes because of "unprecedented fiscal challenges."
Says Rick Perry cut taxes.
On advancing state money for a Formula One race
"I have sent over $400 million to the border of Mexico in the form of Texas Ranger recon teams."
"We cut a record $15 billion from our state budget."
Says Rick Perry increased spending in Texas by more than 50 percent.
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