Latest Half-True Fact-checks in Texas Veronica Escobar stated on February 4, 2020 in a speech: “The president has exploded the debt by more than $3 trillion — all to give billion-dollar tax cuts to the wealthiest few.” Greg Abbott stated on October 10, 2019 in a tweet: "The City of Austin is dedicating more than $20,000 PER HOMELESS PERSON in Austin." Rick Perry stated on August 14, 2019 in a speech: "The U.S. now leads the world in producing both oil and natural gas, and at the same time reducing energy-related emissions." John Cornyn stated on July 22, 2019 in an advertisement: Says Royce West stood with Wendy Davis "to support painful late-term abortions." Michael Burgess stated on June 24, 2019 in an MSNBC interview: Of shelters for immigrant children: "You know what? There's not a lock on the door. Any child is free to leave at anytime, but they don't. You know why? Because they are well taken care of." Beto O'Rourke stated on June 13, 2019 in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: "The Census is predicting a 6% undercount that will be targeted against nonwhites in this country — so Hispanics, African Americans, communities of color" if a citizenship question is asked. John Cornyn stated on June 11, 2019 in a tweet: "Texas remains one of the most severely impacted states from drug trafficking. Nearly 3,000 Texans died from drug related deaths in 2017 – with half being overdoses involving opioids." Donna Campbell stated on May 15, 2019 in in a tweet: "Local Government debt in Texas has increased nearly 40% in the past 5 years." Bob Hall stated on March 25, 2019 in the Texas Senate: "We now have several hundred teachers that are over 100 years old and what I've read recently is that a baby born today, their age expectancy is 110, at least." John Carter stated on February 18, 2019 in a speech: "I was the first elected Republican in Williamson County history." Julián Castro stated on March 12, 2019 in a tweet: Says President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget "slashes investments in health care to pay for tax cuts to billionaires." Beto O'Rourke stated on March 14, 2019 in a campaign stop in Iowa: "Nearly half of public school teachers in Texas are working a second or a third job, not for kicks, not for extra spending cash, but just to make ends meet." Club for Growth stated on March 10, 2019 in in a TV ad: Says Beto O’Rourke did his father-in-law’s "bidding on the El Paso City Council, pushing a downtown redevelopment scheme to bulldoze a poor Hispanic neighborhood while enriching developers like his father-in-law." Joaquin Castro stated on February 25, 2019 in a news conference: "Most people in my home state of Texas disagree with the president building a wall across our border." Ted Cruz stated on October 16, 2018 in a Senate debate: With the Republican-backed tax cut, "we’re seeing the result, and to date, federal tax revenues have gone up." Alexander Strenger stated on October 1, 2018 in response cited in an interactive voter guide: Says 60 percent of Austin’s "waterways are found to be contaminated with fecal matter and deemed unsafe to swim." Beto O'Rourke stated on September 29, 2018 in an Austin rally: Says that in Texas, "you can be too gay to adopt" a foster child "who needs a loving home." Steve McCraw stated on April 18, 2018 in testimony to a Texas House panel: Says the term "illegal alien" is "a legal term, it’s in statute, it’s a federal term." Greg Abbott stated on April 2, 2018 in a campaign fundraising letter: Says George Soros has "unloaded a whopping $1 million to install his liberal puppets in positions of power" in Texas this fall. Ted Cruz stated on April 11, 2018 in a commentary on the Fox News website: Says Facebook shut down a "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day." Donald Trump stated on April 1, 2018 in a tweet: Says caravans of people are coming to cross the Mexico-U.S. border. Scott Milder stated on February 6, 2018 in a statement posted on Milder's campaign website: "In the 1980s, the state funded 68% of school expenses, and now the state’s share is 38%." Andrew White stated on January 26, 2018 in a claim to David Martin Davies of Texas Public Radio: "There’s a large number of schools in Texas that don’t even offer sex education." Southwest Farm Press stated on January 22, 2018 in a news story: "Texas is home to more feral pigs than any other state — an estimated 50 percent to 75 percent of all feral swine in the nation." Paul Sperry stated on January 13, 2018 in a commentary: Says border fencing finished near El Paso in 2010 dramatically curtailed illegal crossings, local crime and drug smuggling. Ted Cruz stated on December 19, 2017 in Senate floor debate of federal tax legislation: "Every taxpayer, their taxes are going down, except rich people in Manhattan and San Francisco. Some of them, their taxes may go up." Lupe Valdez stated on July 31, 2017 in a Dallas Morning News news story: Says Texas Department of Public Safety numbers show that 1.6 percent of crime is committed by unauthorized immigrants. Mike Collier stated on October 31, 2017 in an email blast: "Earlier this year, Dan Patrick and Republican leadership snatched millions of dollars in benefits from retired teachers." Michael McCaul stated on October 31, 2017 in an interview by Fox News: Says the New York bike path assault "was the ninth vehicle assault used by ISIS." Charlie Geren stated on September 18, 2017 in a tweet: "Less than half of Texans ages 18-24 are registered to vote."