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Texas Budget Cuts

Texas Budget Cuts

POSTED: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 10:27am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm

Austin, TX - - The deadline has arrived as state agencies are asked to recommend cuts as Texas faces a projected budget shortfall in 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus in January asked all state agencies to offer proposals cutting 5 percent of their budgets. The deadline was Monday.

Authorities have said the projected state budget shortfall could range from $10 billion to as high as $16 billion next year.

Texas corrections officials, looking for perhaps as much as $300 million in cutbacks in the 112-unit system, have not ruled out closing some prisons.

Some schools, including the University of Texas, could be facing possible tuition hikes.

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