No change to Louisiana income forecast in new budget dispute
BATON ROUGE (AP) - A new financial dispute has emerged between Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration and House Republican leaders, stalling changes to Louisiana's income forecast.
House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry on Tuesday blocked proposals to adjust the financial projections used to build Louisiana's budget.
The action, during a Revenue Estimating Conference meeting, could keep the Edwards administration and lawmakers from funding $43 million in spending plans for the current budget year. The move also could prevent the Democratic governor from having the extra money he wants for a teacher pay raise in his proposal for next year's budget.
Economists recommended an increase in state income projections. Henry refused and urged more caution, saying too much financial uncertainty exists.
Republican Senate President John Alario and the Edwards administration accused Henry of playing political games.