During the recession, average weekly wages stayed fairly stable in New York, California and the U.S. as a whole, while Texas’ dropped to $750 per week, a drop of about 5.5 percent. Since the end of the recession, wages have generally risen in all of those regions. From December 2007 to April 2011, weekly wages in Texas increased 0.6 percent, compared to 2.5 percent in New York, 9.3 percent in California and 5.0 percent in the U.S.
As of April 2011, the average weekly wage was $790 in Texas ($41,000), $900 in New York ($47,000), $930 in California ($48,000) and $790 in the U.S. ($41,000).
Additionally, Texas has by far the largest number of employees working at or below the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour in 2010) compared to any state, according to a BLS report.
In 2010, about 550,000 Texans were working at or below minimum wage, or about 9.5 percent of all workers paid by the hour in the state. Texas tied with Mississippi for the greatest percentage of minimum wage workers, while California had among the fewest (less than 2 percent).
The state with the second-highest number of minimum wage workers was New York, with 264,000 (or 6.4 percent of all hourly workers in the state).
From 2007 to 2010, the number of minimum wage workers in Texas rose from 221,000 to 550,000, an increase of nearly 150 percent.
The federal minimum wage rose from $5.15 per hour to $5.85 in July 2007, to $6.55 in July 2008 and to $7.25 in July 2009. That certainly contributed to the sharp increase minimum wage earners; however, even though the minimum wage remained unchanged in 2010, the number of Texans making minimum wage or less rose from 474,000 to 550,000 that year, an increase of 16 percent.
The median hourly earnings for all Texas workers was $11.20 per hour in 2010, compared to the national median of $12.50 per hour.
10. Rick Perry's Abstinence Only Sex-Ed program in Texas has resulted in the highest teen pregnancy rates in the United States. Here's the link to the Texas A&M report Who wants THAT in the entire United States? Wouldn't people prefer to keep that to backwater Texas?
Have a laugh watching this where the Texas Tribune asked Perry specifically for, um, FACTS about whether abstinence works in Texas and if so, then why the high teen pregnancy rate. Perry says "It Works" without ANY info behind it. heh.. If you close your eyes, you can hear Bush.. only dumber.
11. Rick Perry puts corporations over public education.Put a creationist,in fact three, in charge of the State Board of Education, is in favor of teaching creationism along with science in public schools, and has gutted the budget for public education. The high school graduation rate is 43rd in the nation, and LAST in the nation with people 25 and over with a high school diploma. How much does Texas spend per pupil? 44th in the nation. Seems like you would want to not foist these bad stats on the rest of the country, but remember, Rick Perry has been in charge of this since, um, George Bush.
Actually, there's more than 10. Here's a few more
Rick Perry is against legislation that prevents texting and driving.
Rick Perry regularly fights the EPAand is against clean air and water standards-wants Texas to be able to set lower ones. Let's see- nuclear waste dumps in Andrews County, coal-fired plants belching crap into the air all over the state, concrete contanminant burning units in Ellis County (finally gone-that was Smokey Joe Barton's district), and fracking for gas wells with little regulation. You name it, Rick Perry is for it as long as MONEY and not HEALTH is the issue.
If Perry really doesn't like the way the United States government does things, and is happy with the low stats on education, among others, then why doesn't he go ahead with his previous threat about talking about seceding from the Union? That of course would cut out him taking any federal money for anything, including stimulus monies and grants, including for citizens here, and he would be President of Texas.
That of course would force a choice on those who still live here that actually like the US government, pro or con. Those that like a wild west free for all with no government intervention can just Move On Down To Texas, and those who don't can go find a place within the greater United States to live; maybe somewhere education for children is a priority, for example. (And where state Republican legislators don't want to opt out of Medicaid and Chips)
Problem solved. But please, United States citizens, which apparently Rick Perry doesn't want to include, please don't elect him for president when he changes his plans and throws his Big Hair into the ring.
Gov. Perry and his entourage stayed next door to us last summer. The house next door is usually vacant, so when a fleet of black Suburbans showed up with a complete security detail, we took notice. We also noticed the Suburbans idled at all hours. After a couple of days' worth of witnessing this my wife asked why the Suburbans couldn't be turned off when not in use. She was told the cars were running to keep the air-conditioning on for the governor's comfort. When she pointed out that the outside temperature was quite pleasant and that Aspen had a no-idle ordinance, the bodyguard/driver rolled up his tinted window, without a word, car still idling.
My wife, not pleased, called the APD and, to my surprise, an officer was sent. After a conversation with the gentlemen next door, the officer informed us that our neighbor had diplomatic immunity. The idling continued. So much for our Canary Initiative.
In 2001, he signed the so-called DREAM Act, which provided in-state tuition rates for certain undocumented students. Its provisions are similar to the Democratic-backed DREAM Act at the federal level — one ardently opposed by many conservatives.
Of the Texas bill, Perry said in a speech: “We must say to every child learning in a Texas classroom, ‘We don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.’”
But the enthusiasm over a possible Perry candidacy has thus far clouded one inconvenient truth: While the governor is currently the model of a Tea Party politician, his past includes plenty to give Tea Partiers and social conservatives pause if and when they decide to take a closer look.
That fact was highlighted last Thursday, when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took a very pointed shot at Perry. "For all his new found commitment to hyper-conservatism," said the former GOP presidential candidate, "he'll get to explain why he supported pro-abortion, pro-same sex marriage Rudy Guiliani last time."
Perry's support for Giuliani - whose moderation on social issues alienated social conservatives and contributed to his dramatic flameout in the 2008 presidential race - isn't his only potentially problematic endorsement. He doesn't much like to talk about it these days, but Perry was actually a Democrat until 1989; the year before he converted to the GOP, he served as Texas chairman for then-presidential candidate (and current target of conservative disdain) Al Gore.
There is no question that tort reform drove down medical malpractice insurance premiums and reduced the number of malpractice suits. And there is no question that most health care providers like the change and say it’s a factor that leads them to practice in the state. But the wholesale transformation that Perry describes is not backed up by the numbers.
Perry said Texas has 21,000 more doctors thanks to tort reform. That’s flat out wrong. Texas has only about 13,000 more doctors in the state and the historic trends suggest that population growth was the driving factor. We rate his statement False.
By selecting "government takeover" as Lie of the Year, PolitiFact did not judge whether the health care law is good policy.
The takeover phrase is simply not accurate.
Said Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of health policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: "The label 'government takeover’ has no basis in reality, but instead reflects a political dynamic where conservatives label any increase in government authority in health care as a 'takeover.' " PolitiFact’s full analysis is here.
There's more. Perry is not only a danger to our country, he's also a danger to our pets. Go to Youtube, to view our music video political cartoon, entitled "Pistol Packin' Perry." It's adorable, and points to another aspect of this arrogant, and argumentative ex democrat. One that must be considered, before allowing yet another loose-cannon Texas Governor any where near the White House. Enjoy.
Perry & his radical tea party need to be stopped. Perry is a liar, bigot & a hypocrite. He claims to be a Pro-Life Christian but attacks the most vulnerable. He kisses up to the right wing religious hate groups & the scum koch bros. "Texans Against Rick Perry & his Tea Party" facebook page, click Like & Share.
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