However, that being said, we have to act responsibly and deal with the budget shortfall now, not later. Let's not become California.
AUSTIN — An estimated 8,000 state jobs would be slashed and the remaining workers could face furloughs under starting-point budget plans to cope with a revenue shortfall, legislative leaders said Thursday.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said the employee positions would be cut in state agencies and higher education in the first budget draft. He told reporters at a lunch that “a fair amount” of that figure would be unfilled vacancies, emphasizing, “It's positions, not employees.”
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, didn't put a figure on the job cuts, but said they will happen.
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