Health care and higher education hit hardest by state's budget cuts

Health care and higher education hit hardest by state's budget cuts
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 5:34pm

Budget cuts were announced this morning, and among the nearly $166 million cut in various programs and services, health care services been hit the hardest.

The Department of Children and Family Services is facing the largest cut, next to the Department of Health and Hospitals.

The nearly $166 million is being cut from the $25 billion budget due to the need for education funding; it is more than initially expected.

This morning, legislators questioned the cuts to health services and how it will affect the people of Louisiana.

"These two departments deal with some of the most fragile in our state and serve as a safety net in many aspects of their lives,” stated Senator Sharon Broome (D). “So as we move forward, I would certainly hope that we can see these reductions with faces on them."

A large part of the savings was also from the hiring freezes across the board.

Here is a look at all of the cuts announced this morning:

Executive Department:
$20,841,311 total reductions

Secretary of State:
$1,000,000

Agriculture and Forestry:
$102,412

Correction Services:
$9,414,276

Youth Services:
Office of Juvenile Justice - Reductions in travel expenses, professional services, supplies, professional services total: $4,600,000

Health and Hospitals:
$51,758,946

DCFS:
$3,153,009

Higher Education:
$22,000,000

Hiring freeze:
$12 million - Board of regents will implement where other funding is cut.

Other: 
$36,930,170

Total reductions: $165,464,689

  

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