La. Legislature tries to rebalance budget
BATON ROUGE - An effort to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget, to fill $75 million in gaps in education and prison programs, began advancing Tuesday in the Louisiana Legislature.
The House Appropriations Committee agreed without objection to the budget-balancing proposal (House Bill 1094), sending it to the full House for debate with fewer than two weeks remaining in the legislative session.
The bill would direct another $55.7 million to the state's public school funding formula, $10.6 million to the state's free college tuition program called TOPS and $8.6 million to local sheriffs for housing state prisoners in their jails in the 2013-14 fiscal year that ends June 30.
To make the numbers balance, the measure would plug the remaining proceeds of a tax amnesty program into the state's Medicaid program and free up $61 million in state general fund dollars. Those dollars would be combined with other unspent money, including $8 million from Louisiana's voucher program, to fill the budget holes.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Most state employees did not get their Oct. 1 pay raises
Program scheduled to aid domestic violence victims
Ascension Parish schools see drop in temporary buildings, but it's still an...
$116 million in FEMA reimbursements tied up
Audubon rehabilitates and releases endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle