Senators question assumptions in Jindal budget

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 1:02 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State senators getting their first in-depth look at Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal are questioning some of the assumptions the administration made to make the numbers work.

More than $1 billion of Jindal's $25.5 billion spending proposal for the upcoming fiscal year is tied to passage of state legislation, approval by federal officials, sale of state property or other assumptions.

The budget would have a $120 million state general fund hole if lawmakers don't approve a series of pension changes Jindal wants, for example, and the hole would grow larger with the loss of federal matching dollars.

Senate Finance Chairman Jack Donahue, a Republican from Mandeville, asked Tuesday for a list of all the spending plans in the budget that are tied to other proposals being passed.

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