Senators hear from public on next year's budget
BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care and educational programs traveled to the Louisiana Capitol to ask senators to pay for those services in next year's budget.
For hours Friday, the Senate Finance Committee heard requests for cuts to be reversed, for programs to be continued and for spending to increase on services with long waiting lists.
It was the day for public testimony, as senators decide what changes they want to make to the 2013-14 budget proposal forwarded by the House.
People pleading for their causes spilled into the halls, waiting their turn. Some women wept as they spoke about the dollars they sought for disabled children, domestic violence shelters and the state's voucher program.
The Finance Committee will craft its version of the budget next week.