WATCH: Mayor Parker's budget bombshell

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by Michelle Homer

khou.com

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 3 at 7:11 PM

HOUSTON -- The City of Houston faces a massive budget shortfall in the next fiscal year and that means as many as 2,300 city workers will lose their jobs.

Mayor Annise Parker announced Thursday that all departments will have to cut their budgets because of a $130 million shortfall.

Even the city’s police and fire departments will face substantial cuts, reducing their budgets by 5 percent. And for the first time, the mayor did not rule out the prospect of laying off police and firefighters. But other city departments -- from parks to public works -- will be forced to slash spending by a whopping 27 percent.

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