Senators shut down House leader's talk of deficit spending
BATON ROUGE - The leader of the House budget committee provoked harsh reactions from senators by suggesting Louisiana may need to deficit spend to make it through the budget year.
House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, a Republican, told the Senate Finance Committee the state may "be rolling" some of the budget shortfall to next year.
Senators Monday said that would damage public trust, harm Louisiana's credit rating and worsen next year's financial problems. The governor's chief budget adviser, Jay Dardenne, said he thinks the idea would violate the constitution.
Senate President John Alario, a Republican, chastised Henry, saying deficit spending would be a "terrible way to conduct the people's business."
The House passed a mix of tax increases and cuts that wouldn't fully rebalance this year's budget. Senators want to raise more revenue.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
State grapples with high cost of widespread unemployment, even with federal help
Southern students return to campus for first day of class
PAC 12 & BIG 10 delay start of season
New unemployment benefits funded through FEMA, state working to sort details
Restaurant hostess reportedly attacked for following COVID-19 protocols
LSU AD releases statement as conferences debate canceling college football season
SEC adds Vanderbilt, Missouri to LSU's 2020 football schedule
DD Breaux speaks on her legacy at LSU
SEC presidents approve plan for 10-game, conference-only football schedule
SWAC moves fall sports, including football to the spring