Senate committee struggles with budget reductions – Louisiana News

Senate committee struggles with budget reductions – Louisiana News

Katie Gagliano and Caitie Burkes, Manship School News Service

9:59 p.m. CT May 19, 2017

BATON ROUGE — The Senate Finance Committee braced against testimony from executive agency heads Friday as the potential effects of reductions under House Bill 1, the House GOP’s answer to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposed budget, were again brought to light.

The committee slogged through nearly 10 teeth-gnashing hours of pleas Thursday afternoon and Friday and will return for more Sunday at 1 p.m. as the 2017 Legislature enters into its final two weeks.

It is expected the Senate will amend HB1, rearranging some of what the more conservative House wrought in the document that will determine which agency spends how much money in the coming fiscal year that begins July 1.

Finance vice chairman chairman Bret Allain, R-Franklin, told the Manship School News Service that such testimony is key as senators consider how to shuffle state dollars to make budget cuts more equitable.

“It’s still a goal of some members (in the Senate) to have a standstill (no increase) budget,” Allain said. “You can shuffle things around and still have a standstill.”

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