Jun 20, 2010 6:45 PM by Chris Welty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State lawmakers are working on Father's
Day to wrap up outstanding issues before the regular session must
end Monday at 6 p.m.
Still unresolved - as is usual at the end of the session - are
the state's budget bills. The problems are more severe, though,
than in most years.
Lawmakers are trying to cope with a nearly $600 million deficit
this fiscal year, which ends in less than two weeks, and they're
devising $25 billion in spending plans for the new year that begins
July 1, with more than a billion dollars less in state revenue.
Also waiting final decisions are measures to allow public
colleges to raise their tuition to help cope with budget cuts and
to put into law an objection to President Barack Obama's health