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May 26, 2010 8:04 PM

House to begin moving budget bills

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The stalemate over the state budget bills is easing enough to get them moving.

The House and Senate have not reached a compromise about how they want to deal with this year's budget deficit or craft spending plans for next year. But the House has decided to advance the budget bills anyway, after stalling them for more than a week.

Rep. Jim Fannin has scheduled a meeting of his House Appropriations Committee on Thursday to make changes to the budget proposals and send them to the full House. Fannin added a wrinkle, saying he won't use any of the "rainy day" fund dollars at issue in the disagreement with the Senate and other sources of one-time money tied up in the dispute.

That'll mean the House committee will have to propose deep cuts to balance the bills.

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