Posted: Jun 15, 2011 9:12 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators have reworked the $25 billion budget for next year, proposing to reverse House-backed cuts to health care services, prisons, parks and education programs.
The Senate Finance Committee hopes it's found a way to patch the holes without running afoul of House restrictions on the use of one-time money for ongoing expenses.
To make the 2011-2012 spending plans work, the committee shuffled around dollars and tapped into other one-time funds - but tried to match the money only to items that don't crop up every year.
The action reverses most of $200 million in cuts levied by the House in its budget plans, and senators have included House leaders in their talks in the hopes of compromise.
The full Senate is expected to take up the budget proposal on Friday.