Surplus for now; deficits looming
"Wisconsin does not have a deficit. Thanks to Republican reforms, the 2014 budget will begin with a $443 million surplus."
Some additional prosecutors and other staff
"I’m running the second-largest county district attorney’s office … at 1985 staffing levels."
Claim is broader than the data
"At some point in their lives, 99% of women use birth control."
Wouldn't have happened without him
"I created the school choice program."
Support, but not the specific plan
A statewide poll showing 76 percent support and other surveys are a "strong indicator" of broad public support in Milwaukee County for a $10.10 minimum wage
It’s more complicated than that
"Part of the increase in the cost (of higher education) has been because state support has dropped. We now spend, under Governor Walker, more on corrections than we do on higher education."
Claim is partly true but overbroad
Under Wisconsin law, "anyone who knows anything about a John Doe" secret criminal investigation "can't talk about it."
The debt picture she paints is a fuzzy one
"This generation, on average, is starting their careers, if they’ve been to a four-year college, with just under $30,000 in debt."
Don't forget about Social Security
"Explosive growth in Medicare" is the reason federal deficit spending is predicted to top $1 trillion again after falling to $600 billion annually.
Decades from now. Maybe
The proposed Gogebic mine in northern Wisconsin "could be extended as long as 21 miles."
He takes too much credit
Under his leadership, more people in Wisconsin "have access to health care."
Job change not the primary reason
40 percent of illegal immigrants "had a visa and then became illegal," mostly because "they changed jobs."
Not snuffed out yet
Using a surcharge on the cigarette tax to help pay for a new downtown sports arena "is not feasible under state law."
On Chicago facts and the connection, a mixed bag
Even though Chicago has "the most stringent gun laws on the books," it still "has the highest murder rate" in the country.
Two ways to slice it
Wisconsin is "not a high tax and fee state." When you look at "all the money state and local governments bring in" from residents, "we're more in the middle."
Only among closest neighbors
"We’re trailing every other state in the Midwest in terms of job creation since January of 2011."
Right on the number, but hard to blame the law
Under President Obama’s health-care reforms, the premium for "an average plan for a family didn't go down by $2,500 per year, it's gone up about $2,500 per year."
Figure right; blame misleading
"The state budget has actually grown by $4.6 billion under" Gov. Scott Walker’s actions.
Point is accurate, but the numbers don’t play well together
"You've seen where we're now going from a $700 million surplus to getting into the next biennium with almost a $750 million deficit."
Turned things around, but comparison is flawed
"The $3.6 billion deficit we inherited has turned into more than a half-billion-dollar surplus."
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