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Mar 13, 2012 10:40 AM by AP

Senators begin their 2012-13 budget review Tuesday


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State senators are getting their first in-depth look at the governor's budget proposal for closing an $895 million shortfall next year.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2012-13 spending plans involve the hiring of private companies to handle more state services, the layoff of up to 2,700 state workers and the shrinking of retirement benefits for state employees.

The Senate Finance Committee will begin discussing the proposals Tuesday. Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to delve into the details of the governor's cost-cutting recommendations for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

Jindal proposes selling a state prison in Avoyelles Parish. State prisons in Pineville and Keithville would be shuttered, and the inmates at J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center and Forcht-Wade Correctional Center would be shifted to other facilities.

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