Jun 4, 2010 12:21 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) House members expect a full day of haggling over the $25 billion budget bill to pay for state operations next year.
House debate on the budget began Friday morning.
The House and Senate remain in a near-stalemate over financing plans.
To make the numbers work without using money that is part of a dispute with the Senate, the House budget panel slashed funding from colleges and charity hospitals and gave the governor's office broad discretion to cut even further.
Those moves are among the source of complaints from lawmakers who want to tap into pools of one-time money to offset some of the cuts. House leaders, including Appropriations Chairman Jim Fannin, are resistant to the idea, arguing the state's budget picture isn't improving and lawmakers must shrink government long-term.