DALLAS – Texas lawmakers are proposing reductions in spending over the next two years, despite schools and state agencies clamoring to restore funds cut in the last legislative session.

Both houses of the legislature are also proposing freezing funds for a $3 billion bond-funded cancer research program that has been plagued by claims of insider deals with donors to the campaigns of Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and others. Perry championed the program in 2007, winning voter approval for the bond program.

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