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Put everything on the budget table

State Budget Director Duane Goossen asked state agencies last week to look for an additional $250 million in future budget cuts. Some GOP lawmakers think the deficit next fiscal year could be twice that size. Either way, it will be difficult to trim that much out of the state budget when many programs and services already have been cut. And if everything is really on the table, as officials often say, then lawmakers also should consider revenue options, such as delaying the phase-in of tax cuts and eliminating some sales-tax exemptions.

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