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Louisiana House panel opens hearings on Edwards’ budget plan

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Representatives Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, left, and Jack McFarland, R-Jonesboro, talk as the House Appropriations Committee opened its budget hearings on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Capitol in Baton Rouge.

BATON ROUGE — Republican lawmakers on the House budget-writing committee resisted suggestions Tuesday that Louisiana’s budget needs more money next year and said they’ll instead be searching for deeper cuts.

The Appropriations Committee opened hearings on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ spending proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1. From the start, it was clear the hearings would continue the tug-of-war between the Democratic governor and the majority-GOP committee over the appropriate level of state government spending.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor’s chief budget architect, said the $29 billion operating budget proposal is more than $400 million short of

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