BATON ROUGE— Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit topping $170 million won approval Thursday from state lawmakers, who had only a few days remaining to rebalance the budget and avoid a special session.
Minor changes were made to the plan submitted last month by the Jindal administration. Some financing sources were swapped. Agriculture department job cuts were scrapped. A cut to road maintenance work was eliminated.
Otherwise, the plan to rebalance the $25 billion budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30 stayed largely intact when it was