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Fri Jul 6, 2012, 03:29 PM

44. TX did this last year.

There was a bit of a political war waged.

There's only so many places to cut funding. Most of the TX budget is health care and education. Remove 100% of what's left and you'd have eliminated half the predicted budget shortall.

There was a large rainy day fund from oil revenues. Use it or not? Most on the left said use every penny, the "hope" position; those closer to the center said "use half", the "hope, but maybe not so much" position; those on the right said, "Things could get worse, save it."

That left cutting services or raising taxes. Obama, when he was running for office, was right in saying you don't raise taxes in a recession. It was pretty much standard far until 2009, when all of a sudden a lot of people said that's what was needed--raising a taxes in a recession. (Why, Clinton raised taxes a mere 2 years after a recession!) I don't think most Texans wanted a tax increase anyway.

They cut Medicaid, education, and pretty much everything else. When updated revenue numbers came in a month or two later some cuts were reversed before they were fully implemented and schools hired more teachers (sometimes rehiring teachers they let go). A big hunk of the increased revenue was from oil industry fees.

(This actually pretty much screwed public science education: Suddenly all TX students need 4 years of science and the science standards were boosted in preparation for a more rigorous standardized test being phased in last year and then next two years. At the same time that they needed to hire more science teachers and buy equipment hand over fist they cut budgets. Argh.)

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