AUSTIN, Texas - The state's top three leaders are asking
Texas agencies to find savings of 2.5 percent in their current-year
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe
Straus wrote to state agencies Tuesday, requesting the cuts in
advance of next year's legislative session.
The Legislature will enact selected cuts in a "supplemental
budget," which is used to handle unexpected savings or expenses in
the current spending plan. The state's next two-year budget is
expected to have a revenue shortfall of more than $20 billion.
The savings are in addition to cuts already implemented in the
current budget at the request of the Texas leaders earlier this
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