DALLAS — A combination of falling tax revenue, increased demand for state services, and the lack of federal stimulus funds could result in Texas lawmakers having up to $18 billion less to appropriate for the next two-year budget cycle.

Wayne Pulver, assistant director of the Legislative Budget Board, told members of the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that the gap between expected expenditures and available funds would be $15 billion to $18 billion in fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013.

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