The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee has approved a constitutional amendment that would allow the governor, with the consent of the Legislature, to cut the annual budget of state agencies by as much as 10% when revenues fail to meet expenditures. The state constitution currently limits those cuts to 5%, and state law allows total cuts of no more than 5% over two years.

The $28 billion state budget includes $1.9 billion of funds that are constitutionally dedicated, with state laws dedicating another $1.8 billion to specific efforts and departments.

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