Resident calls legislators to action on budget
The state’s budget problems continue to loom over the final three weeks of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end on June 4. The proposed budget has a few more hurdles to clear — or cliffs to scale — before that date. If no agreement on the budget is reached, the Legislature must come back into special session to resolve the issue before the June 30 end to the fiscal year.
The leading issue in the debate is the use of one-time money, which one side says is unconstitutional and the other says has always been done. One-time money includes monies such as those counted on from the sale of prisons and land, as well as the use of special funds that are regenerated each year. Last week, the House, on a 51-48 vote, stripped out the “one-time money,” made a list of potential areas to be cut and authorized the Jindal administration to cut $268 million off that menu to balance the budget.