Prepare to tighten belts
Heading into the session — called by Gov. Kathleen Blanco — legislators knew that there were difficult decisions that had to be made. Nearly $1 billion had to be trimmed from the state’s $18 billion budget — including cuts in such areas as higher education and health care.
There were also issues such as a new law that required building codes — and with them, inspectors — throughout the state, even in rural areas.