May 27, 2010 6:11 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The House's budget panel has ended its
delay of the state's budget bill, agreeing to slash funding from
colleges and charity hospitals to make the numbers work without
using cash that is part of a dispute with the Senate.
The center of the disagreement between House and Senate leaders
involves the "rainy day" fund. Both sides want to use the fund,
but they disagree about its repayment. The House Appropriations
Committee reworked the budget bill Thursday to remove the one-time
money tied up in the dispute.
That left lawmakers on the committee to make additional cuts to
the $24 billion budget proposal. Among the biggest cuts were $50
million levied on colleges and $68 million stripped from charity
hospitals. Another $65 million in cuts would be left up to the
governor's office to spread among state agencies.