Texas steroid testing trimmed, survives state budget cutsBy Jim Vertuno, AP
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Texas steroid testing survives budget cuts
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas state officials have been told to trim funding for the program that tests high school athletes for steroids.
Texas agencies were ordered Tuesday to trim $1.2 billion as the state braces for a shortfall that cut reach as high as $18 billion. The $1 million steroids testing program had been seen as a likely target for elimination, but was instead reduced by $250,000.
A spokesman for Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who championed the program, says testing is a deterrent. Nearly 50,000 tests since February 2008 found only about 20 confirmed cases of steroid use.
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