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Jun 1, 2010 11:26 AM

Senate budget panel combs through House cuts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The governor's top financial adviser says the House budget panel balanced next year's budget with economic development dollars already obligated to business projects and with a possible miscalculation in the federal Medicaid money available to the state.

Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis outlined her analysis Tuesday to the Senate Finance Committee.

Senators also questioned whether the proposed cuts made by the House would violate the rules governing the federal stimulus money and whether that could jeopardize the state's ability to use the hundreds of millions in stimulus dollars.

The House Appropriations Committee slashed funding from colleges and charity hospitals to make the $25 billion budget work without using money that is part of a dispute with the Senate.

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