wrote web applications for the Austin American-Statesman before joining the Tribune. He has also written software at Yahoo and Apple. A native of Sugar Land, he studied computer science at Stanford University.
by Ross Ramsey, Matt Stiles, Niran Babalola, Christopher Chang and Noah Seger
Solving the state's 2012-13 budget woes is a hard job and perhaps the best way to show that is to let you decide for yourself how the $27 billion shortfall should be closed. Use our interactive budget shortfall app to see what you're willing to give up to close the gap.
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