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Seliger: Legislative session has been 'extremly difficult'

June 9, 2011

State Sen. Kel Seliger

Nobody ever said being an elected official was easy, but this may have been the most difficult few months in Texas Sen. Kel Seliger's political life.

Seliger (R-Amarillo), Big Spring's representative in the Texas Senate, said he and his colleagues were forced to deal with several difficult challenges this year, starting with how to deal with a $27 billion shortfall in state revenue.

The deep cuts inflicted on almost every segment of the Texas budget are guaranteed to leave few people happy, he conceded.

“It's been an extremely difficult session, starting with the $27 billion deficit,” Seliger said. “But we were able to craft a balanced budget with a $15 billion reduction in expenditures and no new taxes. We had to make a lot of tough decisions. A lot of people didn't agree with some of those decisions, but it was a challenge.”

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