Texas Budget Proposal Plans To Cut Billions In Education

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Public education in Texas is facing billions in proposed budget cuts as lawmakers take on a massive deficit with the promise of no new taxes.

The $5 billion cut to public schools would include slashing arts education, pre-kindergarten programs and teacher incentive pay.

Lawmakers got their first glimpse of what the next state budget might look like late Tuesday.

Texas is facing a $15 billion revenue shortfall, and few corners of state government were spared in the draft proposal for the next two years.

The Texas Constitution requires a balanced budget, and Republican leaders have vowed not to raise taxes.

But the budget does propose millions of dollars in new fees. For instance, the attorney general's office would charge an "annual child support service fee."