Apr 16, 2010 12:35 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes cutting about
$60 million from state agencies and public colleges and tapping
into an array of one-time funds to close a $319 million budget
The $29 billion budget must be rebalanced before the fiscal year
ends June 30. Jindal unveiled his recommendations Friday. Lawmakers
will consider them next week.
The governor says the cuts to agencies and colleges won't harm
campuses and state services because those are dollars saved when
Jindal issued a partial freeze on nonessential spending last month.
No additional layoffs or furloughs of state employees are
expected because of the cuts.
The deficit is tied to unexpected drops in individual income,
sales and severance taxes. It's the state's second deficit this