DALLAS The Texas comptroller this week recommended hundreds of proposals to save the state taxpayers $2.1 billion in the upcoming two-year budget period and $4.6 billion in the next five years.

In his third performance review of Texas, Comptroller John Sharp outlined more than 350 proposals that would result in direct savings, including $444 million in the next biennium from imposing a hiring freeze and trimming the state's payroll by about 11,000 positions.

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