Statements about Workers

Says he was the only statewide elected official to speak in favor of a federal guest worker plan at the 2012 Republican Party of Texas convention.

Women "are still paid 82 cents for every dollar a man earns in Texas."

"Macy's sent a letter to Rick Perry urging him to veto" equal pay bill.

"One out of 10 minimum-wage workers in the U.S. live in Texas."

"Ninety-five percent of all the wages in Texas are above minimum wage."

"Texas women make an average of $8,355 less per year than men doing the very same job."

"Texas ranks: #1 in worker deaths, #1 carbon emissions, #50 in high school graduates, #50 in funding for mental health patients."

"Most state employees did not receive any pay raise from 2009 to 2012."

Says Texas is last in workers' compensation coverage.

Says David Dewhurst "explicitly advocated" a guest worker program for all illegal immigrants.

Says that in 41 states, government workers "are better paid than the taxpayers who support them."  

Says Texas school districts are the fifth largest employers in the world.  

Says "the Texas unemployment rate has even grown more than the nation's as a whole."

Says state Rep. Diana Maldonado of Round Rock uses Craigslist to hire campaign block walkers.

"Texas has, now, the highest share of minimum-wage workers in the nation."

Says approximately 70 percent of jobs created in the United States in November 2007-2008 were in Texas.

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