Statements about State Finances

A tax plan promoted by North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis will "overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy."

"Thom Tillis cut almost $500 million from education."

"When Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts ... (had) more debt per person than any other state in the country."

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

Republican-leaning states get more in federal dollars than they pay in taxes.

"I delivered a flat tax for my state. I took my state to No. 1 in job creation. With all due respect to what Rick Perry has said about Texas, we did a little bit better."

"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.

"For decades before I was elected, governors tried and failed to get Minnesota out of the top 10 highest-taxed states in the country. I actually did it."

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