Galveston County Daily News, Dec. 31, 2006 GALVESTON, Texas – Lawmakers and the leader of the county’s largest employer—the University of Texas Medical Branch—had their public differences this year as layoffs and cost-cutting measures rocked the campus and set the community on edge. But state Rep. Craig Eiland and state Sen. Kyle Janek are expected to meet Friday with medical branch President John Stobo to discuss a notion on which they agree—that the medical branch is at a crossroads. With a $21 million deficit, the medical branch must convince the 80th Legislature, which convenes Jan. 9, to restore some funding and provide even more money to cover the escalating cost of treating the state’s poor and uninsured.