Latest Half-True Fact-checks in City Government Donald Trump stated on March 2, 2020 in a Tweet: Michael Bloomberg “did not poll well as mayor in handling crisis!” Greg Abbott stated on October 10, 2019 in a tweet: "The City of Austin is dedicating more than $20,000 PER HOMELESS PERSON in Austin." Bill de Blasio stated on May 17, 2019 in an interview: "We’ve lifted hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty in the last five years." Paul Vallas stated on November 14, 2018 in a press release: Says Susana Mendoza’s assertion that she fought efforts to hike vehicle sticker prices when she was Chicago’s city clerk "is absurd … Mendoza pushed a draconian sticker penalty program." Alexander Strenger stated on October 1, 2018 in response cited in an interactive voter guide: Says 60 percent of Austin’s "waterways are found to be contaminated with fecal matter and deemed unsafe to swim." John Cox stated on October 8, 2018 in a campaign debate: Says Gavin Newsom "didn’t solve the homeless problem at all" as mayor of San Francisco, "and it’s gotten worse." Michael Untermeyer stated on May 10, 2017 in a campaign ad.: "Michael Untermeyer has been a Democrat for more than 40 years." Beto O'Rourke stated on March 31, 2017 in a U.S. Senate campaign speech: El Paso is the "safest city in the state of Texas, safest city in the United States." Sylvia Garcia stated on January 5, 2017 in a press release: Says that in Texas, it’s "already illegal to enter a bathroom to harm someone." Sheri Gallo stated on November 29, 2016 in a mailer spotted by an Austin voter: Alison Alter "has exploited a campaign finance loophole to obtain over $64,000 in public dollars to fund her campaign." Our Democracy 2020 stated on October 26, 2016 in a news release: Says an election clerk in Green Bay refused to allow early voting on the UW-Green Bay campus because she "was afraid it would help Democrats," showing "outrageous partisan bias." Joe Morrissey stated on October 17, 2016 in a debate.: The city of Richmond "built the second richest team in the NFL a $14 million stadium." Joe DeFelice stated on April 10, 2016 in As part of a Philadelphia Inquirer editorial: If the mayor were really serious about supporting Philly's schoolchildren and handling our city's looming fiscal crisis, he could begin by slashing the size of his own administration, which is already 45 percent larger than his predecessor's and 40 percent more costly. Pat McCrory stated on March 26, 2016 in a list of rebuttals to criticism over the law: Despite the passage of HB2, "towns, cities and counties in North Carolina are still allowed to set stricter non-discrimination policies for their own employees if they choose." Tom Barrett stated on March 7, 2016 in a radio ad: "Republican Bob Donovan" has "run as a Republican time and again." Kenneth Block stated on August 23, 2015 in TV interview: "The cost of fire in Rhode Island is anywhere from 33 percent to 100 percent more expensive than anywhere else we could find." Robert Puente stated on May 12, 2015 in remarks to the Milwaukee Common Council: If Milwaukee approves reducing its maximum forfeiture for marijuana possession to $50, the city would have "23 different bicycle violations that have a higher forfeiture." Sharlene Leurig stated on February 9, 2015 in an Austin City Council workshop: "Austin is the only city in an arid landscape in the western United States dependent on a single source of water." Young, Gifted and Black Coalition stated on January 9, 2015 in an open letter: "Black people are eight times more likely to be arrested than white people" in Madison. Kevin Flynn stated on November 25, 2014 in a website story: "There’s nothing in the [RhodeMap RI] plan that takes away local government control and local zoning control." Brad Rockwell stated on November 12, 2014 in a press conference including mayoral candidate Mike Martinez: Austin mayoral candidate Steve Adler opposed an injunction to stop a "company from dumping petrochemicals directly into the Barton Springs aquifer." Lloyd Doggett stated on October 25, 2014 in a Let's Go Austin mailer: "The Austin Tea Party and an ultra-conservative millionaire are behind the" campaign against the city’s light-rail proposition. Mary Burke stated on October 17, 2014 in a debate: Says Scott Walker cut funding to local governments in Wisconsin, contributing to the "second-largest increase in violent crime" in the Midwest. Vincent "Buddy" Cianci stated on September 10, 2014 in a TV commercial: "When I left office, there was a $7-million surplus in Providence," but in 2008, the city had a $110-million deficit. Rand Paul stated on September 11, 2014 in an interview with NPR: "Income inequality is worse in towns run by Democrat mayors than in towns run by Republican mayors." Broward County Police Benevolent Association stated on April 15, 2014 in a billboard: "Hollywood is #1 in Broward homicides in 2013. Thanks Chief Fernandez!" Dwight Jones stated on January 30, 2014 in a speech: The Redskins Training Camp deal "generated $40 million in new private investment in the city." Janet Bewley stated on October 24, 2013 in a speech: "The Legislature passed Gov. Walker’s so-called property tax relief bill," but the Republicans "are still raising your property taxes." Tom Barrett stated on September 24, 2013 in an interview: Among the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas, Milwaukee is the "only one" where the poverty rate is more than "four times greater in the city than it is in the suburbs." Leticia Van de Putte stated on June 14, 2013 in an opinion article : Says residents of Texas and San Antonio can be fired or denied jobs because they are gay.