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State budget standoff continues as one-time-money hawks unveil $272 million in cuts
Baton Rouge -- The House remains at a standstill as a bloc of Republican representatives is calling for at least $250 million in cuts before they will consider next year's budget. The cuts, contained in two proposals presented to Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, call for cuts across a series of departments as well as possible furloughs or decreases to state contracts.
Representatives are scheduled to once again take up the spending bill, House Bill 1 Thursday evening but it is unclear whether the group of one-time-money hawks, who oppose paying for recurring budget expenses with static accounts, will allow debate to move forward.
Thursday afternoon, Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, released two versions of a proposal the hawks presented to the administration over the past week. Henry said both proposals had been rejected.
The first version calls for 12 furlough days for state employees, saving about $96 million, as well as $44 million in savings from not filling vacant positions, $41 million from annualizing previous cuts and other cuts to a variety of departments. A second proposal drops the furloughs, replacing them with 10 percent reductions to the legislative budget, state contracts and contributions to statutory dedications.