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Governor tells agencies to trim 10%

By Paul J. Weber, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — State agencies were told Tuesday to find ways to shave costs by another 10 percent for the next budget cycle, despite growing tax revenues that have raised hopes of restoring freshly slashed public services and jobs across Texas.

The governor's office and the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board asked agencies in a letter to hit the same reduction target as the one prior to last year's legislative session, when Republicans pushed through about $11 billion in budget cuts they said were necessary belt-tightening in tough times.

Each agency is now being asked to submit a cost-cutting proposal to the board, which keeps track of how much money lawmakers have to spend. The board will assess the plans and make recommendations, but lawmakers will ultimately decide what cuts, if any, will be made when they reconvene in January.

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