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4:50 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Texas Leaders Call For 2.5 Percent Budget Cuts

Texas – The state's top three leaders are asking Texas agencies to find savings of 2.5 percent in their current-year budgets.

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 year.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.