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Oct 1, 2010 1:02 PM

Senators Say They Know Little Information on Where Deep Budget Cuts Will Fall

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators say they've gotten too little
information from the Jindal administration about where deep budget
cuts should fall in the upcoming year.
They're also saying the cost savings and consolidations talked
about by Jindal administration leaders won't be enough to deal with
the $1.6 billion shortfall.
The comments came Friday as the Senate Finance Committee
discussed the budget gap projected for the 2011-12 fiscal year that
begins July 1.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser - Commissioner of
Administration Paul Rainwater - says the governor wants to protect
"critical services."
But senators say that seems impossible with the types of budget
problems on the horizon.
Republican Sen. Jack Donahue of Mandeville says officials can't
keep saying that Louisiana will continue to provide the same
services while cutting $1.6 billion.


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