Austin, Texas - Texas House budget writers released the first draft of the budget Tuesday evening. The first draft details how cutting state jobs will help close the budget gap.
Nowhere in the blueprint for a balanced budget does it state how many jobs will be cut, but just days ago Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst estimated around 8,000 state jobs being put on the chopping block. What the blueprint does say, is the best approach to saving money is through staff reductions and personnel changes.
Those changes for state employees involve a 10% pay cut, a state agency hiring freeze, and an end to longevity pay. Further, legislators plan to freeze overtime pay, implement a two-day-a-month furlough, offer early retirement, and cut selected expenses by 30%. These measures are expected to save just over $3 billion.