Some grim numbers from the Center for Public Policy Priorities today, with a county-by-county analysis on how the proposed budget cuts will impact Texas. You should download their spreadsheets here:
From the public education analysis paper, we learn that as many as 189,000+ jobs will be eliminated due to public education alone.
What else stands out to you in those cuts — either for the state or your county?
Meanwhile, Senate Finance Chair Steve Ogden — a Republican who Rick Perry has described as the smartest budget man he knows, and someone he implicitly trusts with the budget — warned today that proposed budge “decimates public education“:
Senate Finance Chairman Steve Odgen, R-Bryan, said on Monday they should be looking at the full $9.3 billion reduction called for in the base bill.
“The base bill basically decimates public education,” Ogden said, who made an unusual and short-lived appearance in the public school funding subcommittee that he created to tackle this issue.
That's nice of Senator Ogden to say, but he should point out that he — and his fellow Republicans — were the ones who put the state in the position it is in. If he is upset about the cuts, he need look no further than the colleagues on his side of the aisle to find the culprit.