Budget Analysis Documents Harm Done in 2011 Legislative Session

A new report from the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities updates the damage inventory resulting from state budget cuts forced through the legislature by the governor and legislative leaders last spring and summer. The December 2011 report by analyst Eva DeLuna Castro notes that “the state budget directly eliminates 5,727 public jobs by 2013, while school districts will lose state aid that would have supported 49,000 jobs.” The report further concludes:  “After adjusting for inflation, Texas per-student spending will fall to its lowest point in over a decade. The 2012-13 budget assumes that local property taxes will not rise to offset the decrease in state aid.”  You’ll find the full report at:  http://www.cppp.org/files/6/2011_12_StateBudgetReport.pdf.