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Panel looks to free up funds

Joby Richard
LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE–A joint legislative subcommittee is looking to free up $152.5 million this year by eliminating 48 funds that are set by law and cannot be adjusted in the annual budget process.

The panel is trying to eliminate dedicated funding for some of the organizations and projects to keep budget cuts from falling disproportionately on higher education and medical care for the needy.

The Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee is part of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee. It is scrutinizing about half of the state’s 400 dedicated funds this year and will

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