'Everybody is fine, relatively speaking': La. government continues search for what to cut out of budget
With the holiday over, state officials begin Tuesday to earnestly apply their portion of $326.5 million in cuts to their agency’s budgets.
The leaders of state offices and departments already had been juggling figures, but they didn’t know the exact numbers until Friday, when Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the legislation that gives legal authority for government to spend public money for the next 12 months.
The historic 19 weeks of deliberations over three separate legislative sessions were rife with gloomy predictions — from shuttered safety-net hospitals to closed college campuses — unless taxes were increased.
In the end, legislators raised about $1.6 billion in taxes, leaving state government agencies to absorb the rest of the nearly $2 billion shortfall.