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AUSTIN -- Budget recommendations being prepared for Texas lawmakers are expected to call for eliminating at least 8,000 state jobs, officials said Thursday.
The base budgets, House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, will serve as the starting point for shaping spending for fiscal 2012-13 in the face of a multibillion-dollar shortfall. Although Pitts didn't reveal a number, an official for an association that represents state employees said he has been told that proposed job reductions in the House bill could exceed 9,000.