Before Lubbock's leaders could get to Austin, the legislature's leaders had already made a decision that effects the Hub City. Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick ordered state agencies to slash 7% from their budgets. Now order is hitting home.
Lubbock State School officials held a staff meeting Tuesday to talk about the changes. They plan to reduce travel costs and freeze some positions. However, current employees and the 300 plus residents they serve daily will not be affected. Lubbock State School CEO, Jackie Porch says they are prepared, "Last spring the comptroller announced that there was going to be a budget shortfall so we just anticipated that would come and when we'd need to make reductions in spending."
The Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Agriculture say they are also in the process of making some budget cuts. The Department of Agriculture says all of its programs are being reviewed, including the weather modification program.
Statewide, these cuts could make up for a nearly $2 billion budget shortfall.