Constitutional protections kept in place on budget
BATON ROUGE - State senators have spurned a proposal to lift constitutional protections that keep an array of specially created funds shielded from budget cuts.
State Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, said when the state faces deep financial problems, all options for reworking state spending should be available to lawmakers.
"I think our constituents are tired of hearing our hands are tied," Morrell told the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee.
But lawmakers worried that too much would be open for slashing, particularly the $3.6 billion public school financing formula.
The Finance Committee voted 8-2 against Morrell's bill (Senate Bill 196), a constitutional amendment that would have required support from voters in the fall election if it had won passage from the full Legislature.