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House returns Friday to try again on $25B budget

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BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House is trying to reach a compromise over next year's budget, a day after deadlocking on the $25 billion in spending plans.

Lawmakers came in Friday morning and then immediately recessed as they continued negotiating behind the scenes.

Conservative Republicans and the Jindal administration are at odds over whether to use $270 million in one-time cash - or to make deeper cuts to state agencies.

A bloc of GOP lawmakers say the one-time dollars create false expectations in state agencies, paying for services the state can't afford year after year. Other lawmakers and the Jindal administration say stripping the money would force harmful cuts to critical services, like public colleges and health care programs.

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