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Jun 18, 2010 10:38 AM

Senate to take up budget bills

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Gov. Bobby Jindal has returned to the Louisiana Capitol to try to broker a compromise on the state's budget.

The Senate is scheduled to debate bills Friday that would close a half-billion dollar deficit in this year's budget and chart spending for state services and agencies in the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

Haggling continues between Senate and House leaders over how to draw the spending plans. Senators propose using more one-time money to fill gaps, while the House recommended deeper cuts to public hospitals and colleges.

Disputes remain over which financing pools are available and how deep the state's deficit is. The timeline is getting tight to work it all out. The legislative session must end Monday.

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