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Governor Jindal proposes steep budget cuts for next year

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Posted: Sep 16, 2009 4:07 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Sep 17, 2009 5:39 PM
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Topics: Governor Bobby Jindal, higher education, Medicaid, budget cuts, oil, gas, WBRZ

Gov. Bobby Jindal has delivered budget cut targets totaling $948 million to two panels charged with
finding ways to trim government costs.

Jindal is looking for $802 million in cost-cutting suggestions from the Commission on Streamlining Government. And he's asking a higher education panel to find $146 million that could be shaved
from public college spending in the new fiscal year that begins July 2010.

He sent letters to both groups Wednesday outlining the budget cut target figures.

In the letters, Jindal placed most of the blame for the state's money woes on federal changes that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars less in federal cash for Louisiana's Medicaid program. But the state also has seen revenue declines in the last few years tied to oil and gas price drops and a series of tax breaks.

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