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Lawmakers review deficit reduction proposal

Source: James deGraauw/WAFB Source: James deGraauw/WAFB
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana lawmakers are reviewing pages of proposed cuts to make up for a mid-year budget deficit.

The plan includes making more than $66 million in reductions to state agencies. The budget committee approve $2 million in cuts to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry as proposed in the plan.

"We are at the thin red line," said Commissioner Mike Strain. "I cannot protect citizens without that."

Budget committee members are still in deep discussions regarding how the cuts would impact parks and recreation and transportation projects.

Representative Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, is suggesting for Gov. Bobby Jindal to offer to give up six months of his salary to help make up the deficit.

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