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May 25, 2011 5:46 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

House starts $25 billion budget debate Wednesday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new wrinkle can complicate the
haggling over next year's $25 billion budget, as the Louisiana House starts its debate Wednesday.
The House this week enacted a requirement that adds increased hurdles to spending one-time money for ongoing services. Such spending will need a separate vote, and two-thirds backing.
The 2011-12 budget contains $449 million in one-time dollars, according to a Legislative Fiscal Office review.
The House budget debate also comes as House leaders and Gov.
Bobby Jindal's administration are at odds over the level of cuts
needed to balance the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins
July 1.
The House Appropriations Committee proposed cutting $139 million
more than Jindal wanted. The governor says those cuts will
devastate public safety, health care services and education
programs.

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