State budget passes House

Louisiana Politics
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 9:10pm

Members of the House are usually home on Fridays, but not today. They spent the entire day and most of the night debating billions of dollars that will eventually make up the state's operating budget.

The House has passed several amendments to the budget bill that would take $268 million in one-time money off of the table.

The proposal gives the Commssioner of Administration the authority to pick and choose where to make cuts throughout the General Fund -- for things like travel, consulting contracts, and state employee overtime.

The goal is to cut the one time money without hurting critical services.

The amendment passed, but not without objection from the author of the bill.

"I want to ask you, did your people send you down here to not do a budget, when you been here three months," said Jim Fannin (D) Jonesboro. "I don't think they did."

Fannin authored the bill and in his closing remarks let it be known that he didn't like the bill that was passed.

The budget bill now makes its way to the Senate, where it will probably undergo further changes, and be sent back to the House.

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