‘Big, bad budget didn’t happen"

Jim Beam, in the Lake Charles American Press, opines that the worst-case budget scenarios predicted for the 2011 legislative session did not come to pass:

If you see any bodies at the bottom of the cliff, let me know. I haven’t found any yet.

We heard a lot about the state falling off a cliff because of a $1.6 billion shortage in the new budget year that takes effect July 1, but a spending plan has been approved and casualties are hard to find.

The House got the budget first and cut $200 million more than Gov. Bobby Jindal wanted. The governor’s troops hit the ceiling over that one, but the Senate came to the rescue when it got the spending plan.

Unlike all the king’s men and horses for Humpty Dumpty, the Senate was able to put the budget back together again.

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