state agencies are awaiting word on just how much they will have to cut from their current budgets to make up for expected shortfalls this year — around $1.7 billion in reductions that are expected to be unveiled Friday. ...I remain convinced that TDCJ could sustainably cut 5% or even more from its budget, but not if the Legislature repeats errors from the past and ignores opportunities to safely slash inmate numbers.
Prison officials reportedly will be told they will escape with cuts of under $55 million, far less than the 5 percent being demanded from many other agencies. Those cuts will reduce travel, some special programs and will likely affect some treatment programs, according to officials familiar with the negotiations.
It'll also be interesting to discover what cuts are mandated at the Department of Public Safety. I think they should eliminate the TDEX database and focus resources on reducing line lengths at drivers license offices, but if I were a betting man I'd wager the converse will happen: TDEX will be immune to cuts and line lengths may increase if they must eliminate front-line staff. Veremos. We will see.