Statements about State Budget

"Given how expansive our program already was," expanding Medicaid in New Jersey due to Obamacare "was a relatively small expansion."

"In Romney's first budget (in Massachusetts), he cut $248.7 million from K-12 education."

"As Governor: Romney did not keep public safety funding in line with inflation."

When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, "we didn’t just slow the rate of growth of our government, we actually cut it."

"When my grandfather came to this country back in 1925, there were no government benefits."  

"170,000 of the jobs" created in Texas under Gov. Rick Perry "were government jobs."

Says he worked with the Democratic legislature to balance spending with revenues so that "at the end of my four-year term, the rainy day fund was established at more than $2 billion."

Tax increases under Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm led to state unemployment going from 6.8 percent to 15.3 percent.

"In 2009, we cut state spending in real terms for the first time in 150 years."

"From 1960, the year I was born, until the time I became Governor in 2003, the average two-year increase in Minnesota state spending was 21 percent. … we brought that down dramatically, to about 1.7 percent per year."

Under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposals, "Money is being taken away from workers, and the tax breaks given to major corporations. "  

The 2006 Massachusetts health care law has "added (only) about 1 percent to our state budget."

"Most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for benefits, nor for pay."

"Every (Wisconsin) legislator that votes for this bill" will have to "give up the same amount of pay" as other state employees.

If Wisconsin's governor cuts perquisites as much as he plans to do, "it would still leave (workers) better off than their private sector" counterparts.

"The  firefighters, the policemen and others who supported (Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker) in his election bid ... don't have to worry about their collective bargaining rights."

Jerry Brown "gave California state employees collective bargaining powers" and "now, state employees can retire at 55 with much of their salary for life."

"Jane Norton supported the largest tax hike in Colorado history."

The "state bureaucracy" Jane Norton managed "grew by $43 million in just three years."

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