May 30, 2011 7:43 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Senate's budget-crafting
committee is beginning its review of next year's nearly $25 billion budget, with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration angling to reverse House-backed cuts.
The House stripped more than $230 million in state spending sought by Jindal in the 2011-12 budget.
Jindal says those cuts are too deep and can harm critical health care, education and public safety programs. House leaders say the cuts are needed to cut one-time money spent on continuing operations and to remove money that would come from legislation that has yet to pass.
The House passed its budget proposal last week. The Senate Finance Committee starts combing through the spending plans on Monday. First up for senators will be a presentation from the governor's financial office.