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Budget cuts

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Hays educators rally against proposed cuts

About 200 Hays County teacher’s union members and their supporters rallied on Saturday against forthcoming deep cuts to public school funding, calling the budget reductions unconscionable in one of the nation’s wealthiest states.

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Commentary: Take back Hays County

There are real reasons to be concerned about debt, national and local, but a small band of malcontents think they can smear overwhelmingly approved local projects with the uneasiness about state and national debt and financial policies.

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Audio: What $9.8 billion in Texas school cuts looks like

When lawmakers file a school finance bill, they publish a spreadsheet showing how the new funding formulas affect each of the state's more than 1,000 school districts. This year, with a proposed budget that currently cuts $9.8...

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Athletics: Where budget balancers fear to tread?

With Texas public schools facing cuts of as much as $10 billion in state funding, predictions of the consequences have been dire: teacher layoffs in the six figures, bigger class sizes, fewer instructional days, slashed support for...

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Pitts readies constituents for budget cuts

Here’s how Jim Pitts interprets the Election Day results: “We’re making huge cuts,” the Waxahachie Republican who chairs the House Appropriations Committee told a hometown Tea Party group last week.