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State Agencies Pitch 5 Percent Cuts

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    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.


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