Statements about State Budget
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.
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.
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