Texas leaders asked state agencies to trim their upcoming budget requests by 10 percent in anticipation of a shortfall that could reach $18 billion.
The request to lower future state funding proposals comes on top
of a May 18 order for agencies to immediately trim 5 percent of their budgets.
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe
Straus say they want agencies, with some exceptions for critical
programs, such as Medicaid, to lower their requests for the
Officials say the funding requests are due by Aug. 30. The shortfall will top the agenda when legislators reconvene in January.
Perry says state leadership will continue to identify ways to trim spending, just as families and businesses across the state have done, in order to balance the state's budget.
The 5 percent budget reductions were expected to save $1.2 billion.
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