POSTED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 8:40am
UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:41am
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) - — We are half way through this year’s regular legislative session, but still a long way from compromise on the state’s hottest topic – budget cuts. There have been several changes to HB1, the budget bill, including further cuts by the House of Representatives. Still, Governor Bobby Jindal says he is optimistic lawmakers can come to an agreement in the next four weeks.
"I remain confident by the end of this process that we will have a balanced budget that protects public safety, protects healthcare for the people of Louisiana, that does so without raising taxes," says Gov. Jindal, (R) Louisiana.
In a press briefing, Governor Jindal specifically addressed cuts to the Department of Corrections. The House eliminated $32 million from that department. Jindal says that budget crunch would force five prisons to close including Avoyelles, Phelps, Dabadie, Wayde and Rayburn.