Work in the Louisiana House stalled once again Friday morning as legislators try to resolve their differences on the $25 billion proposed spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
The House briefly convened, brought up House Bill 1, the main budget legislation, and then abruptly recessed until 11 a.m.
At issue is how much one-time money to use in the budget.
The Jindal administration wants to balance the spending plan with $268 million in dollars that likely will only materialize once. Republicans are balking at the idea and want to make deeper cuts.
The disagreement caused work in the House to sputter and stall throughout the day Thursday.
During Friday’s recess, legislators munched on doughnuts supplied by state Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans.
“The speaker pro-tem would like you to know there are doughnuts in the back,” state Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-New Orleans, told members. “He did use one-time money to buy them.”