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May 25, 2010 12:39 PM

Jindal intervenes in budget stalemate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to broker a compromise between House and Senate leaders who are locked in a stalemate over the state's budget.

Jindal was meeting with groups of legislative leaders Tuesday. He says he's not choosing sides, but is encouraging lawmakers to continue their negotiations with each other to break the logjam.

The governor says he expects the Legislature to complete its budget work before the regular session ends June 21 without the need for a special session.

The House has stalled all work on rebalancing this year's budget and charting a spending course for next year because of a dispute with the Senate over the use of the state's "rainy day" fund. Both sides agree to use rainy day money, but they disagree on when to repay it.

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