“And I think it’s even going to be worse than I think.”

No: that’s not a quote from Yogi Berra, but from the Dean of the State Senate, Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) talking about the steep budget cuts that will be made during the next legislative session.

The press has been full of estimates of an impending budget shortfall and this week I heard a new high number of $28.5 – the latest estimate by the Legislative Budget Board.

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle’s Texas Politics, Whitmire very clearly lays how the kinds of reductions to Texas state services that will be necessary if the budget is to be balanced by cutbacks. If you want a preview of the bad news, check out 'Whitmire Speaks, Part 2'.

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