Health care and higher education hit hardest by state's budget cuts
POSTED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 5:34pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — 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:
$20,841,311 total reductions
Secretary of State:
Agriculture and Forestry:
Office of Juvenile Justice - Reductions in travel expenses, professional services, supplies, professional services total: $4,600,000
Health and Hospitals:
$12 million - Board of regents will implement where other funding is cut.
Total reductions: $165,464,689