Questions raised about House budget proposal
BATON ROUGE- Senators are expressing skepticism about some assumptions House lawmakers used to balance next year's budget.
The Senate Finance Committee have started to comb through the House's $25 billion bipartisan budget, trying to decide what senators might want to change.
Sen. Greg Tarver, of Shreveport, questioned how the House decided to plug $200 million from a planned tax amnesty program into its budget. The program would allow delinquent taxpayers to pay their debts without or with lessened penalties and interest.
The Legislature's chief economist, Greg Albrecht, says he doesn't know where the House came up with its amnesty estimate for the budget.