Jindal budget to be unveiled Friday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Speculation ends Friday about how Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to close a $1 billion gap in next year's state budget.

Lawmakers will see where the governor wants to cut and what he wants to preserve when Jindal's 2010-11 spending proposal will be presented to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

It is the starting point for budget negotiations that will continue through the three-month legislative session that begins March 29.

Among the deepest cuts are expected in health care services, the largest spending area in the budget. A Senate fiscal analyst told lawmakers that public colleges may be spared from further cuts after taking several hits in recent rounds of budget reductions.

This year's budget is more than $28 billion.

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