DALLAS — Texas is emerging from its worst recession in more than 30 years, earlier than other states, but lawmakers find themselves still struggling to recover from the effects as they seek to fill a budget hole that could grow to $15 billion.

John O’Brien, director of the Legislative Budget Board, told a committee of the Legislature earlier this month that the previously estimated $11 billion shortfall could reach $15 billion before the next legislative session in January 2011.

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