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Judge dismisses Republicans' budget lawsuit

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Jefferson Parish lawmakers asking to block the use of patchwork financing in next year's budget as proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Judge Tim Kelley issued his ruling Wednesday.

Republican Reps. Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry claim it is unconstitutional to use 1-time money to pay for ongoing programs and services in the state's general operating budget.

Kelley says he couldn't grant injunctive relief because Jindal's top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, certified in an affidavit that an injunction could create a deficit in the state budget. He says state law prohibits him from issuing a ruling that would cause a state agency deficit.

Lawyer Kyle Keegan, representing Talbot and Henry, says he expects to appeal the ruling.

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