Texans await 1st draft of scaled-down state budget

Texans await 1st draft of scaled-down state budget

POSTED: Monday, January 17, 2011 - 4:50pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 7:34am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The next Texas budget process has just begun, but the possible outcome of a revenue shortfall of $15 billion to $27 billion will become much clearer this week.

State Rep. Jim Pitts is expected to release the first draft of the proposed budget late Tuesday and explain it to the House on Wednesday. The Waxahachie Republican's baseline budget cuts $15 billion from the current budget, without using any tax increases or money from the state's "rainy day fund."

Pitts says every area, from education to health care for the poor and disabled, will see cuts.

Some analysts say the true shortfall could be much higher - closer to $27 billion to account for enrollment growth in public schools and on Medicaid rolls.

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In the immortal words of one of Englands finest, Margaret Thatcher, "socialism will only work until you run out of other people's money." I've said for years we will never cut socialists program's but eventually the money will run out. Well folks, the money is running out and will continue to run out. I informed all my politicians that if i see one item on their voting resume that is Socialism, I WILL NOT VOTE FOR THEM!

Has anyone every thought that some of the short fall in the budget could be caused by the montly expenses of our governor and the manner he feels that he must live.

What worries me is that some of the state workers will loose their jobs to make the budget work.

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