AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - 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.
While Texas A&M has asked all departments across the University to come up with proposed cuts.