Budget maneuvers begin Monday in House committee
BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana House leaders have devised a budget-cutting plan that would force steep cuts to health care and colleges. But the plan is only a maneuver to get next year's more than $24 billion budget past procedural roadblocks from conservative lawmakers.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley and Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Fannin say they don't necessarily support the $500 million in cuts to the 2013-14 budget.
Those cuts are being crafted for consideration in Monday's Appropriations Committee hearing.
The plans are part of a shell game designed to win enough votes to move the budget through the House and to then restore money in the Senate.
"I don't know how I'm going vote on the budget," Representative Pat Smith said. "I have no idea."
By removing any patchwork, "one-time" financing from the budget, House leaders are seeking to avoid a two-thirds vote requirement that has created stalemate in years past.
"The big issue is that we don't have reoccuring money that we can replace it with right now that i know of," Smith said.