BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House expects to spend much of the day Thursday debating next year's $25 billion budget.
The spending plans would pay for agency operating expenses and programs in the new fiscal year that begins July 1.
At issue among conservative lawmakers is how much one-time money they want to patch into the budget, versus how deeply they want to cut. On the chopping block and most vulnerable to further reductions are health care services and public college programs.
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich told Hispanic supporters in Louisiana that his immigration reform plan would focus on securing borders. Gingrich also agreed with rival Mitt Romney on repealing President Obama’s health care system.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney campaigning in Louisiana one day ahead of its primary is promising to repeal President Obama’s health care program. Romney says he’ll put states in charge of their own health care plan.
State lawmakers had earmarked $14.2 million for the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital during the recent Legislative Session, but the funding was voided due to a line item veto by Governor Bobby Jindal. Cecile Tebo of NOPD's Mental Health Crisis Unit discusses the issue with contributor Hal Clark.