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May 27, 2010 9:49 AM

House to begin moving budget Thursday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The Louisiana House is set to stop stalling the state's budget bills Thursday, when the chamber's budget panel wraps up its work on the spending measures.

The scheduled action of the House Appropriations Committee doesn't indicate a deal has been reached between the House and Senate over how to cope with the state's budget shortfalls.

At issue are bills that would rebalance this year's budget, which has a $319 million deficit, and that would chart next year's spending. House and Senate leaders disagree about the "rainy day" fund. Both sides want to use the fund, but they clash over when the money must be repaid.

House leaders say in reworking the budget bills, they won't use any of the money tied up in the dispute with the Senate.

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