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Apr 7, 2011 5:59 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

Lawmakers to hear public complaints about budget

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers on the House budget-writing committee have heard from agency chiefs about the details of Gov. Bobby Jindal's nearly $25 billion budget proposal. Now, they're
hearing from the public.
The Appropriations Committee has a Thursday hearing scheduled to take public comments on the governor's 2011-12 spending plan. The new fiscal year begins July 1.
Jindal's budget closes a $1.6 billion gap with a mix of cuts, one-time patches and long-term financing changes.
The criticism lodged so far has involved Jindal's proposal to
increase retirement costs on state employees, to sell three state
prisons, to raise college student tuition and to cut education
programs for at-risk youth.
The Legislature is expected to craft a final version of the
budget in June.

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