Texas Budget Cuts

Texas – 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.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.