Email responses (excerpted) to PolitiFact Texas, Jason Johnson, general consultant to Ted Cruz US Senate campaign

538 pm, April 17, 2012

1. Yes.

2. Yes -

3. To be clear, regarding your fact check, Ted never once mentioned "GR" - he has always talked about the total budget.  Your comments about cutting a penny because a specific program may or may not have been eliminated or reduced doesn't fit unless they spent less than the previous session.  Spending more that you spent in the previous session doesn't meet the definition of a cut.  More pennies be more pennies.  And in this case he increased spending by (check my math) 7.2 trillion pennies or 2.7 trillion more pennies that population plus inflation.

 

On Apr 17, 2012, at 11:59 AM, Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) wrote:

 

> Jason:

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> Some follow-up questions:

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> 1) It looks like you used CPI rather than a government-tied inflation indicator. Correct?

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> 2) Is it otherwise your point, limited to this chart, that the All Funds budget in 2010-11 was $27 b greater than what that figure were tied solely to inflation and population growth since 2002-03?

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> 3) Based on our visit Monday, I thought you might be crunching numbers taking into account/analyzing changes through the latest budget on Dewhurst's watch, for 2012-13. This would give the most complete picture of action while he's  had his gavel.  Make sense?

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> ??

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> Thanks,

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> wgs