La. governor asks Senate to throw out all House budget changes

La. governor asks Senate to throw out all House budget changes

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Edwards administration is calling for the Senate to throw out the changes the House made to the budget.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne did not have a lot of good things to say about the House changes to the Senate Finance Committee Thursday. He questioned the idea of cutting public safety and coastal restoration in order to fund TOPS.

"You can't just move the same finite amount of money around and hope to satisfy all of your needs. That's not going to happen," Dardenne said. "So I hope the legislature realizes some additional dollars and to do that in a responsible way that provides for TOPS but also takes care of our responsibilities with healthcare."

The House budget plan funded the TOPS scholarship program at a higher level than the governor's plan.

The budget is now in the hands of the Senate. The chamber is expected to take it up next week.

Meanwhile, the governor is still indicating his desire for a second special session to look at raising more taxes.

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