Is the sky falling? Is hell freezing over? Is Texas messin’ with us?
Like so many other states, Texas has been suffering a budget crisis for some time. And of course since everything is bigger in Texas, the budget gap is in excess of $18 billion. A big part of the problem is the more than $3 billion the state spends each year on corrections. The state has the fifth largest per capita prison population in the nation, with one in every 71 adults behind bars.