Jindal budget short of what ag leader says needed

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Posted: Mar 17, 2014 1:24 PM by Melinda Deslatte
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year would force him to lay off workers and keep him short of the money needed to fight a dangerous citrus infection.

Strain talked to the House Appropriations Committee on Monday about Jindal's spending recommendations for the 2014-15 year. He says the proposal includes money that isn't expected to be available and inflated assumptions of fee revenue for his agency.

He asked lawmakers to add $3.9 million to his budget.

Without it, Strain says he won't be able to buy needed equipment, will have to shrink staff and will have trouble battling citrus canker, a bacterial infection that moved into Louisiana.

Lawmakers are going agency-by-agency through Jindal's budget proposal and will make changes later in the legislative session.

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