I came across this article; it’s a little old but very interesting published by Texas Tribune. It’s talking about state and local government looking for other ways to ease budget costs on government, cities, school districts and community colleges. Lawmakers are trying to ease the unfunded mandates the states impose on them. Counties are stuck with a lot of the burden. They are required to pay for attorneys for criminals who can’t afford one. They are also required to pay for elections and keep up jail standards. A representative wants to amend the Texas Constitution to block the state from ordering new mandates without providing the money to pay for them. It’s a very interesting article to read.