Public weighs in on state budget

With dollars in scarce supply, people packed the House budget committee in a gloomy competition for state financing from a panel where many Republicans say Louisiana needs to pare back its spending.

Today was public testimony day in the Appropriations Committee, when the general public gets its turn to talk about where it would like to see the state’s dollars spent in next year’s nearly $29 billion operating budget, for the financial year that begins July 1.

With tearful stories, people sought boosted financing for health programs for the elderly and disabled. They asked for more dollars for rural hospitals. They requested increased staffing at state facilities that care for people with disabilities and mental health problems…


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