HEADLINES : Louisiana
Colleges, health care face cuts in La. budget
A state-run psychiatric hospital in central Louisiana shuttered. A program that aids families with children who have hearing, speech and motor control problems eliminated. College campuses pushed to financial emergency. Medical training programs threatened with loss of accreditation.
Higher education and health care leaders outlined dire consequences to senators Monday of the $25 billion budget proposal passed by the House for next year. The plan contains $268 million less in state funding than what was sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The Jindal administration is hoping the Senate will restore the funding, which was stripped by GOP lawmakers in the House who didn't want to use patchwork, one-time money to pay for continuing expenses and programs in the budget year beginning July 1.
The Republican governor, GOP House Speaker Chuck Kleckley and Democrats unsuccessfully fought the removal of the funding in the House. But several Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee criticized removal of the money.