By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has ended its stalemate and backed a $25 billion budget proposal with deeper cuts than those sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.
House Republicans successfully got enough votes Friday to cut $268 million in 1-time money out of next year's budget, arguing the dollars shouldn't pay for continuing services. The cuts could include furloughs for state workers, reductions to overtime pay and elimination of vacant jobs - but the decision-making would be left to the governor's office.
Lawmakers voted 51-48 to strip the 1-time, patchwork funding.
Four hours later, the House voted 63-28 for the final budget proposal.
Action now shifts to the Senate, where the Jindal administration is expected to work to restore the dollars stripped.
House Bill 1 can be found at www.legis.la.gov
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