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Proposed budget cuts would hit public education financing

9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago February 24, 2016 Feb 24, 2016 Wednesday, February 24 2016 February 24, 2016 12:40 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House will consider making $87 million in deeper cuts to state spending this year than Gov. John Bel Edwards proposes, more than half of that to public school financing.

The proposal was approved with a 14-9 vote Wednesday by the Appropriations Committee and heads next to the full House for debate.

The measure strikes at the governor's efforts to shield K-12 education from most cuts. Education officials say the plans could damage classroom instruction and jeopardize spring standardized testing.

Edwards and lawmakers have already cut $60 million to rebalance this year's budget.

The Democratic governor recommended another $30 million in reductions, along with tax hikes. But a group of Republicans on the Appropriations Committee are instead pushing a $117 million budget slashing plan.

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