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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.

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