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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The economic damage in Texas from the coronavirus pandemic has left a nearly $1 billion deficit in the state budget.

The forecast by Texas Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Monday reflects how the nation’s energy capital remains hampered by a slow recovery and a half-million fewer jobs than a year ago.

The deficit could result in cuts to state services as the GOP-controlled Legislature returns to work Tuesday. Many economists say that once coronavirus vaccines are more widely distributed, a broader recovery should take hold in the second half of the year