Jindal makes $248M in budget cuts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Health care services and public colleges are bearing the brunt of cuts to close a $248 million midyear deficit and rebalance the budget.

Gov. Bobby Jindal made the cuts Tuesday in an executive order.

The Department of Health and Hospitals will lose $108 million and higher education will take an $84 million cut, to cover more than three-quarters of the gap in the $29 billion budget.

Other cuts are spread across state agencies.

The move was largely expected. Health care and colleges are the two largest areas of discretionary spending in Louisiana's budget and traditionally take the heaviest cuts when the budget is tight.

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