Statements about State Budget
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.
Says that illegal immigrants get a $100,000 break on University of Texas tuition over four years.
Says Rick Perry is "spending more money than the state takes in, covering his deficits with record borrowing."
Says "Rick Perry doubled spending in a decade."
Says Rick Perry and the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature "managed to slash the budget of the volunteer fire departments in our state by 75 percent in the last legislative session," reducing their abilities to fight recent wildfires.
Says Texas has "the fourth-lowest debt per capita of any state in the nation, and we are the lowest of any of the big states."
"Rick Perry ended full-day Pre-K for 100,000 Texas children."
Says Texas is the only state that exempts jet fuel from its state motor fuels tax.
"We’re losing almost 6,000 state jobs."
Says $6 billion projected to accumulate in the state’s rainy day fund is already used.
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.
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