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Sen. Vitter takes dig at Gov. Jindal's budget

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter has taken a critical swipe at fellow Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting plans, saying the use of 1-time money to pay for ongoing expenses is poor fiscal policy.

The governor's budget proposal for the next fiscal year relies on $230 million in 1-time money for ongoing expenses. Nearly all of that is plugged into health care to get $506 million in additional federal matching money.

In an email to supporters Thursday, Vitter said the state's continued use of 1-time dollars for continuing programs is "too akin to Washington's way of business, and Louisianians rightly acknowledge Washington doesn't know the first thing about fiscal stewardship."

The senator urged "conservative reformers" to restrict the use of such budget maneuvers. Lawmakers will consider such a ban this session.

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