The swirling force of Texas politics

State Agencies Pitch 5 Percent Cuts

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 AM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
State Agencies Pitch 5 Percent Cuts

AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry gestures during a campaign rally Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 in Cypress, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Texas leaders will review budget cutting proposals of 5 percent offered by agencies as the state faces a potential 2011 shortfall of up to $16 billion.

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus set a Feb. 15 deadline for agencies to offer plans to trim their budgets, although Monday was federal holiday.

The Texas Education Agency is proposing $135.5 million in cuts, including science lab grants and funding for steroid testing. TEA also proposed eliminating the $1 million it would cost to continue steroid testing for student-athletes competing in University Interscholastic League events.

An exemption is sought by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to allow the prison system's budget cuts to total $50.4 million. Corrections authorities say no exemption would mean the Texas prison system would have to trim about $294 in spending.


It's snow joke: The Vancouver Winter Games are here! Check out NBCDFW's full coverage, complete with amazing photo galleries, and more! Fan us on Facebook and on Twitter
 

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out