State of Texas secondary Archives: on Budget & Economy

John Ratcliffe: Stop out-of-control spending with balanced budget amendment

John is a limited government conservative with a proven record of balancing budgets and not raising taxes.

Reckless government spending endangers our country's financial stability while threatening the prosperity of future generations. With record deficits and $17 trillion of national debt, Congress still offers million dollar solutions to trillion dollar problems. As Congressman, John will tackle our out-of-control spending head on by pushing for a balanced budget amendment.

Source: 2014 TX -4 House campaign website, May 31, 2014

Jon Bruning: FactCheck: Doubled AG budget included inflation & new duties

A Club for Growth Action TV ad in Nebraska's Republican Senate primary exaggerates spending under state Attorney General Jon Bruning. It claims Bruning has "nearly doubled" his office's budget. But the increase--81% from 2003 to 2011--doesn't account for inflation or the fact that the AG's office now pays to defend suits filed against all state agencies, rather than having individual agencies cover the cost. The budget figure also includes a 516% increase in federal funds, largely to fight Medicaid fraud.

In inflation-adjusted dollars, the office's total budget--including federal funds--rose 49% over eight years. As for how Bruning spent state taxes, we found that his office's general fund--which is funded by state taxes, primarily sales and income taxes--was up 13% in inflation-adjusted dollars in eight years, from fiscal years 2003 to 2011.

Source: Fact Check's 2012 TX Senate ad review Apr 11, 2012

Jon Bruning: FactCheck: Praised stimulus spending only for police

A Club for Growth Action TV ad in Nebraska's Republican Senate primary claims that Bruning "praised the Obama stimulus program" and displays a quote of the attorney general saying "the additional support is important." That's misleading. The quote was from a statement welcoming stimulus funding for police officers in the state. It was not in support of the entire $814 billion stimulus program.
Source: Fact Check's 2012 TX Senate ad review Apr 11, 2012

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