Louisiana House to complete budget work on Thursday
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House is expected to finish its work on next year's $24 billion budget Thursday. Lawmakers have spent the last few days deciding what programs to cut.
Healthcare is likely to take the brunt of the reductions, as lawmakers hurry to protect public colleges and universities.
A good bit of progress has been made in the current session. The state's financial situation has become much less severe than it was five weeks ago, after the House voted for a package of tax changes and found new money to implement into spending plans . Lawmakers faced a budget shortfall of over $1 billion dollars at the start of the session.
Thursday the House will discuss a package of budget bills to finance government operation throughout the fiscal year that begins July 1st. House leaders estimate $140 million is still needed to address the remaining budget needs.