Austin American-Statesman (Internet / Print) 07/06/06 Galveston County lawmakers have requested a performance review of the University of Texas Medical Branch to assess the school's budgetary constraints. The school announced last month that it will cut about 1,000 jobs from its work force of 13,000 to help stem operating losses of $20 million a year and build a reserve fund. State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, said a review of the school's financial data would help determine whether the layoffs are justified, and if so, bolster the school's requests for increased state funding. "I don't know one way or another, and that's a reason for this review," Eiland said. When the job cuts were announced, UTMB President John Stobo said only about 15 percent of the cuts will come through attrition, which means about 850 people will receive pink slips. (This Associated Press story has appeared widely throughout the state on TV and in Print.)