Lt. Gov. Dewhurst speaks in Houston

February 11, 2011 3:27:36 PM PST
The most powerful man in the state legislature Thursday stopped in Houston to talk about education funding and Texas' financial troubles.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst spoke at the Rotary Club of Houston. Dewhurst said the doom and gloom reported about the state's budget problems are overstated and the real shortfall sits at $14 billion. Dewhurst also said public and higher education and health and human services face cuts.

"You can't do it without having some reductions in these programs. But for instance, in public education, it's still too early to forecast where the 150 members of the House and 31 members of the Senate are going to end up," Dewhurst said.

The Lt. Gov. also said he will address a possible U.S. Senate run in June.

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