Department of Public Safety Director Mark Keel says he and all agencies were told by House officials to prepare budget options to handle cuts to his agency of up to 15 percent. Keel will address lawmakers during a budget hearing Tuesday. He says his agency has been cut 36 percent or $31 million over the past three years.
The Department of Public Safety includes the Highway Patrol. Keel says so far, there haven’t been any major cuts to the workforce of state troopers. But he says the staff hasn’t grown any, either.
(Keel on DPS budget PM3 2:04)