Perry idea strips $1 billion from higher ed
POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 1:12pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 4:08pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —
A Texas state senator says Gov. Rick Perry offered cutting $1 billion from higher education to pay for public schools.
The Senator, who is close to the state budget negotiations but requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, says Perry's plan was initially rejected by Senate negotiators.
Texas lawmakers are trying to hammer out a two-year budget plan.
The main sticking point has been education.
Senators have said they are not willing to move from their public education spending plan, which spends about $5.7 billion and does not cut as much as the House.
Education groups have warned the proposed House cuts could lead to tens of thousands of job losses for public school workers, including teachers.