Proposed budget cuts would hit public education financing
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.