Louisiana deficit plans: Cut list devised for possible gap
Louisiana’s safety-net hospitals, public colleges and local sheriffs housing state prisoners could face cuts, while the opening of Louisiana’s new youth prison facility could be delayed, if the state’s income projections come up short this year.
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration presented its first ideas for up to $60 million in cuts it would suggest if Louisiana faces a midyear deficit. The three-page spreadsheet was sent to lawmakers with a caveat the proposals could change — but agencies are planning, just in case.
“These are not cuts that we would ever want to make,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, Edwards’ budget adviser, told lawmakers. “We hope we don’t get to this point…”