Jindal plan to close $487M budget deficit wins approval
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to rebalance the state's budget and close a $487 million deficit.
Though members of the joint House and Senate budget committee raised concerns that the patchwork plan would leave a slew of financial problems for a new governor taking office in January, they overwhelmingly supported the proposal Friday.
House committee members voted 19-6 for the Jindal plan, while senators backed it 14-1.
Both candidates in Saturday's runoff for governor - Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter - urged rejection of the deficit closing plan. But neither spoke at the committee hearing Friday.
Public colleges will be spared cuts. Mainly short-term fixes will be used to close gaps temporarily. A huge internal shortfall in the state Medicaid program won't be addressed.