Latest Fact-checks on Bill Hammond Bill Hammond stated on May 6, 2013 in an Austin American-Statesman news story: Says only 25 percent of Texas high school students graduate prepared for college or careers. Bill Hammond stated on April 15, 2013 in a press conference with Gov. Rick Perry, April 15, 2013: Says businesses pay roughly 60 percent of taxes in Texas. Bill Hammond stated on August 21, 2012 in an opinion article in the Houston Chronicle.: Says "if current trends continue, by 2040, one out of three Texas workers will not have a high school diploma."