AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says she’s not buying into predictions of a state fiscal meltdown – yet.
Forecasts by some that next session’s budget shortfall could be as high as $20 billion are too gloomy, “way out there,” Combs said this morning.
She said estimates that lawmakers will confront a deficit of $10 billion to $11 billion are reasonable, but she sees hopeful signs the number could be well down in the single digits by January.
“There’s not going to be a January surprise in 2011 – the dog ate my homework,” Combs said. “It’s not going to happen.”
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