Jun 22, 2010 8:38 PM by Chris Welty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As they patched together a $26 billion
budget in the final days of the legislative session, lawmakers
warily looked to next year with worries they won't be able to
piecemeal their way out of a looming crisis.
A central part of the House and Senate budget dispute involved
planning for the "cliff year," as it's commonly called - when the
loss of a billion dollars in federal stimulus money and other
one-time state money propping up agencies will leave a crater in
Nearly as much discussion focused on how to properly plan for
that 2011-12 year as on how to continue services in the fiscal year
that starts next week.
House leaders say the budget passed Monday by lawmakers and
crafted by the Senate only made next year worse.