Capitol Views: Louisiana senators remain uncertain about budget delivery

Legislators are returning to the state Capitol this afternoon to begin their fourth week in the regular session. With nearly a month behind them, and another two to go, few can knowingly predict the future of the session’s centerpiece bill—the state budget.

Not only is there an important timing issue needing a resolution, but also lawmakers have no clue what the budget will look like when and if it emerges from its starting point in the House Appropriations Committee. Adding to the uncertainty: Will the budget, found in House Bill 1, even get enough votes in the House to send it over to the Senate?

Questions aside, many Capitol observers, say it’s a safe bet the Appropriations Committee will endorse deep cuts for the budget, as opposed to the spending Gov. John Bel Edwards put in his original draft of the bill…


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