Committee to discuss hospital privatization effects
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers met this morning to discuss matters affecting the state's budget plans, including recent reports Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to privatize LSU's charity hospital network wasn't bringing in as much money as expected.
The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget met at 9:30 a.m. at the state Capitol.
The legislature's financial analysts said this week the privatization is bringing in $39 million less than expected for the current budget year.
The state's budget was put together using the Jindal administration's estimates that leasing the facilities to private entities would generate $140 million.
News 2's Jason Newton is at the meeting and will have updates on what was discussed tonight.