Mar 2, 2012 8:41 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - For the fourth year in a row, the state is forgoing a cadet class to train new troopers.
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson tells The Advocate he initially requested funding for a class in Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed $25.5 billion state operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Edmonson said Thursday he withdrew the request when the degree of the state's budget problems became clear.
Edmonson said the state money problems forced him to choose between holding a class or cutting staff. He said a class would cost the state roughly $4 million once the salaries and benefits of the new troopers are included.
State Police figures show there were 727 troopers assigned to patrol on July 1, 2009. Now there are 674.