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Questions about the governor's proposed budget

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Posted: Mar 11, 2011 6:13 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Mar 11, 2011 6:48 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: lawmakers, Governor Bobby Jindal, budget, prisons, money

BATON ROUGE- It didn't take long.

Some lawmakers are already raising serious questions about Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed budget.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater presented the plan to the joint budget committee today.

Senator Lydia Jackson, D- Shreveport, raised questions about the financing behind the plan.

Jackson says too much of the money requires legislative or public approval.

Rainwater and other budget officials say most of the budget is based on projections.

Corrections officers from three state prisons rallied on the steps of the state capitol. The governor's budget calls for selling the facilities and using the money to fill budget needs.

Many of the workers say they will lose benefits and pay that have taken years to receive.

Budget meetings continue over the next several weeks. The legislative session starts April 25th.

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