Texas Could Lose 189,000 Jobs Due to Public Education Cuts Alone

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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:

Public Education Analysis >>  
Higher Education Analysis >>  
Health and Human Services Analysis >>  
Medicaid Spending Losses Analysis >>  

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.

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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  1. Rural School Districts Got Killed
    I was interested in the data for the area of South Texas where I grew up.  The projected job cuts in some of the smaller districts were significant and the cuts cannot be made from administrative positions alone.  The impacts of these cuts will definitely be felt in the classrooms.

    It also looks like the churches in that part of the state will have to keep the doors open 24/7 so that people can sleep on the pews.

    If you aren't wealthy, then you are in the crosshairs of the GOP's Contract on America.

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