Joby Richard
LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE–A joint legislative subcommittee is trying to free up $800 million of the several
billion dollars in state spending that is set by law and cannot be adjusted in the annual budget

Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, who co-chairs the subcommittee, said it 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.

Hewitt said the panel hopes to free up the money over two years. But she said it would not
provide a “magic” solution to state’s projected budget shortfall because


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