Subcommittee works to free up $152 million in budget

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Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma (left); Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell (center); and Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge (right), are trying to free up dedicated state funds to provide more flexibility. (Photo: Joby Richard/LSU Manship School News Service)

By Joby Richard

A joint legislative subcommittee is looking to free up $152.5 million this year by eliminating 48 funds that are set by law and cannot be adjusted in the annual budget process.

The panel is trying to eliminate dedicated funding for some of the organizations and projects to keep budget cuts from falling disproportionately on higher education and medical care for the needy.

Read the story in The Shreveport Times.

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