Close call could have been costly for colleges, hospitals

By Samuel Carter Karlin

BATON ROUGE — As black storm clouds circled the Capitol, belying the mood of a crucial extraordinary session that came to a head Wednesday evening, staffers sprinted from chamber to chamber, leaping over velvet ropes to deliver last-minute paperwork needed to finalize solutions to the state’s momentous budget crisis.

With less than 10 minutes left before the session ended at the statutorily mandated 6 p.m. deadline, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, noticed an inconsistency in House Bill 62, the cornerstone of lawmakers’ plan to bridge the nearly $1 billion budget deficit.

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