Texas Monthly’s Burka Blog is reporting that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has a secret budget plan that if implemented, would defer painful cuts until 2013 :
While the House will pass the budget bill first, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has told confidants that he has a fall-back budget plan that, while not pretty, spreads the pain around as evenly as possible. The concept is simple: “vital” services keep their current levels of funding, with no adjustments for inflation, patient loads or school enrollment. It has a “Hail Mary” aspect to it, postponing most cuts until 2013, in hopes that the state’s economic growth will rebound and produce more revenue for the state treasury that year.
You can read more on: the Burka Blog.