Just a few weeks ago, lawmakers talked about reining in the growth of state government by slashing Gov. Bobby Jindalís first state operating budget by 5 percent.
However, the suggested reductions that are emerging from a series of budget subcommittees are far less than that.
Some lawmakers are holding onto their fiscal conservative stance. Others argue that only so much can be cut before state services begin to suffer. Still others want to smash open the stateís piggybank and divvy up the proceeds among taxpayers by eliminating the state income tax.