AUSTIN (AP) – The $4 billion that lawmakers left unspent after their last session two years ago appears to have evaporated.READ MORE: Dallas Cowboys Reach Multi-Year Deal With Star Quarterback Dak Prescott
Now Texas could be as much as $6 billion short of the money needed just to keep the status quo for the upcoming two-year budget cycle, according to budget experts.READ MORE: Police Seek Help Identifying Man Found In Trinity River By Irving Golf Course
Republican state Rep. Drew Darby said spending cuts are now certain.
Texas has not been forced to make budget cuts since 2011, when a much bigger shortfall amid the Great Recession resulted in lawmakers cutting $5.4 billion from public schools.MORE NEWS: North Texas Mental Health Experts Celebrate Meghan Markle's Candor During Oprah Interview
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