Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jindal slashes state budget

Health care services and public colleges are bearing the brunt of cuts to close a $248 million midyear state deficit under spending reductions made Tuesday by Gov. Bobby Jindal to rebalance the budget.

The Department of Health and Hospitals will lose $108 million, and higher education will take an $84 million cut to cover more than three-quarters of the gap in the $29 billion budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

"We've got to limit government spending so we can live within our means," Jindal said.

Other cuts are spread across state agencies. Every department received either a 7.6 percent cut to its state general fund appropriation or a 3 percent cut of its total budget, whichever was less, under the governor's executive order.

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