The state Senate on Friday unanimously agreed to advance legislation that would cut $36 million from the budget that ends June 30.
The budget cuts proposal, which still leave the state about $147 million shy of resolving the $900 million shortfall, now heads back to the House for consideration.
The House had initially passed a larger cuts package, but Senate leaders resisted deep hits to some programs.
Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platt, expressed some reservations about passing the bill before the House passes additional revenue generating measures to plug the additional hole, but he claimed the House was refusing to act until it saw the Senate’s final version of cuts.
“Those revenue measures are not going to come over until HB122 can be seen in its final form by the other side,” he told the Senate chamber.
The Senate amended the bill to allow Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration to make any cuts necessary to balance the budget, if additional revenue isn’t brought in.
Both the House and Senate ended the day before 6:30 p.m., with the Senate set to return to the Capitol on Saturday and the House to return on Sunday. The special session has to end by 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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