Automatic cuts scheduled to go into effect on Thursday would mean that 7,000 Louisiana workers would be immediately furloughed, with a loss of almost $36 million in pay, and another $66 million for base operations in Louisiana would be cut, including funding for the Blue Angels, shown here. The state would also see deep cuts to education, public health and funding for clean air and water. Read more of what "sequestration" could mean to Louisiana if Congress doesn't act by Thursday at the link below.
Governor Bobby Jindal's top budget officers released a budget that relies heavily on one-time money and includes deep cuts, employee lay-offs, college tuition hikes and even selling of some of the property surrounding the State Capitol. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, shown here smiling at the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, along with Deputy Commissioner of Administration Ray Stockstill (left), announced, "We're proud of this budget..." but legislators were wary of the lack of information provided in some areas. It looks like a long and contentious debate will take place before the final budget is decided.