House, Senate negotiating on 2013-14 budget
BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the Senate budget-writing committee says legislative leaders are working on a possible compromise for next year's budget.
Finance Committee Chairman Jack Donahue said Friday that leaders from both chambers were discussing what issues the House may have with the 2013-14 budget that senators have crafted.
That's a change, since senators often work on their own version of the budget without including House leadership.
The full Senate was scheduled to debate the $25 billion spending plan Saturday, and Donahue says there may be some changes to address House concerns.
The Finance Committee rewrote the budget to remove many cuts sought by conservative House Republicans and restore some patchwork financing they stripped.
Donahue says senators thought the cuts were too deep and could hurt colleges and health care.