Statements about State Budget
Says the 2012-13 state budget "leaves $6 billion in a rainy day fund."
Says Rick Perry of Texas was "the governor who relied most on stimulus funds to close his state’s budget deficit in 2010."
Says the state budget includes spending on commercials for Fortune 500 companies.
Says Rick Perry said there’s an administrator for every teacher in Texas public schools.
Says public education will get more money in 2012-13 though lawmakers cut $15 billion in overall spending.
Says "for the first time ever," Texas lawmakers are not funding student population growth.
"Some neighborhood schools are closing."
Says state budget deal between Texas House and Senate leaders "funds nursing homes, our public schools and universities and provides financial aid for college students."
Says state lawmakers have voted to "spend virtually all of the Rainy Day Fund four times" since the fund’s creation.
Says businesses "already pay most of the taxes."
Rick Perry "advocated to liquidate" the state’s rainy day fund in 2007.
"Gov. (Rick) Perry helped balance his budget with about $6 billion worth of federal help, which he happily took, and then started blaming the members of Congress who had offered that help."
Says that in 41 states, government workers "are better paid than the taxpayers who support them."
"43,000 people are going to be kicked out of nursing homes or denied nursing home entrance" if the Texas House version of the state budget passes into law.
"Fifty percent of our students who enter higher education need to take remedial courses because they are not prepared for college-level work."
"Some of the colleges, including A&M, have already guaranteed that they will not increase their tuition."
"Ninety percent of Texans say they do not want the nursing homes to close. It polls higher than anything else."
Says the state’s budget shortfall is "not that much different" than it was in 2003.
Says a "rather extraordinary amount of non-classroom employees" were added by Texas school districts over the last decade.
Says the state’s rainy day fund is "our insurance policy against a major natural disaster."
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