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Monday, January 14, 2013

The Truth About The Texas Legislature

I've been to Austin and witnessed it for myself.
The Texas Legislature is nothing more than a free 'happy hour' and 'dinner' for lawmakers.
That's it.
Nothing more.
Nothing less.
'Tricky Rick' will try to convince you that Texas has the goods, but do you really believe him?
Oops. I feel sorry for you if you do.
After all, there's your version, my version, then there's the truth.
Here's some truth for ya to suck on:

Education (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Public School Enrollment 2nd
• Average Salary of Public School Teachers 33rd
• Average Teacher Salary as a Percentage of Average Annual Pay 34th
• Current Expenditures per Student 38th
• State & Local Expenditures per Pupil in Public Schools 44th
• State Aid Per Pupil in Average Daily Attendance 47th
• Percent of Elementary/Secondary School Funding from State Revenue 37th
• Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores 45th
• Percent of Population 25 and Older with a High School Diploma 50th
• High School Graduation Rate 43rd
• Percent of Adults with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree 31st
• Percentage of Higher Education Enrollment 9th
• Per Capita State Spending on State Arts Agencies 43rd

State of the Child (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Birth Rate 2nd
• Percent of Population Under 18 2nd
• Percent of Uninsured Children 1st
• Percent of Children Living in Poverty 4th
• Percent of Children Fully Immunized 34th
• Percent of Children Overweight 19th

Health Care (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Percent of Population Uninsured 1st
• Percent of Non-Elderly Uninsured 1st
• Percent of Low Income Population Covered by Medicaid 49th
• Percent of Population with Employer-Based Health Insurance 48th
• Total State Government Health Expenditures as Percent of the Gross State Product 43rd
• Per Capita State Spending on Mental Health 50th
• Per Capita State Spending on Medicaid 49th
• Percent of Population Physically Active 36th
• Health Care Expenditures per Capita 44th
• Hospital Beds per 1,000 Population 27th

Health Professionals per Capita:
• Physicians 42nd
• Dentists 39th
• Registered Nurses 44th

Health and Well-Being (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Percent Living Below Federal Poverty Level 4th
• Percent of Population with Food Insecurity 2nd
• Average Monthly Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Benefits per Person 47th
• Prevalence of Obesity in Adults 16th
• Rate of Death due to Heart Disease 22nd
• Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes 14th
• Diabetes Death Rate 16th
• Percent of Population Who Visit the Dentist 46th

Women's Issues (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Overall Birth Rate 2nd
• Teenage Birth Rate 7th
• Births to Unmarried Mothers 17th
• Percent of Women with Pre-Term Birth 9th
• Percent of Non-Elderly Women with Health Insurance 50th
• Percent of Women Who have had a Dental Visit within the Past Year 45th
• Rate of Women Aged 40+ Who Receive Mammograms 40th
• Rate of Women Aged 18+ Who Receive Pap Smears 37th
• Breast Cancer Rate 42nd
• Cervical Cancer Rate 11th
• Percent of Women with High Blood Pressure 16th
• Family Planning 37th
• Percent of Pregnant Women Receiving Prenatal Care in First Trimester 50th
• Women's Voter Registration 45th
• Women's Voter Turnout 49th
• Percent of Women Living in Poverty 6th
• Percentage of Women with Four or More Years of College 30th
• Percent of Businesses Owned by Women 17th
• Percent of Median Income for Full Time Work 26th

Access to Capital (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Percent of Mortgage Loans that are Subprime 9th
• Mortgage Debt as Percent of Home Value 47th
• Foreclosure Rates 10th
• Private Loans to Small Businesses 30th
• Asset Poverty Rate 36th
• Median Net Worth of Households 47th
• Average Credit Score 49th
• Retirement Plan Participation 47th
• Median Credit Card Debt 19th
• Average Credit Score 49th

Environment (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Amount of Carbon Dioxide Emissions 1st
• Amount of Volatile Organic Compounds Released into Air 1st
• Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Water 1st
• Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing Carcinogens Released into Air 1st
• Amount of Hazardous Waste Generated 1st
• Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Air 5th
• Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing Carcinogens Released into Water 7th
• Number of Hazardous Waste Sites on National Priority List 7th
• Consumption of Energy per Capita 5th

Workforce (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Average Hourly Earnings of Production Workers on Manufacturing Payrolls 38th
• Government Employee Wages and Salaries 24th
• Percent of Workforce that are Members of a Union 41st
• Workers' Compensation Coverage 50th

Quality of Life (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Poor 9th
• Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Middle Class 5th
• Median Household Income 34th
• Home Ownership Rate 44th
• Homeowner’s Insurance Affordability 46th
• Auto Insurance Affordability 24th
• Personal Bankruptcy Filings Rate, Per Capita 39th
• Percent of Households with Internet Access 42nd

Democracy (50th=Lowest, 1st=Highest)
• Percent of Voting-Age Population that is Registered to Vote 43rd
• Percent of Voting-Age Population that Votes 45th

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