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Louisiana's 2013 budget looks grim

The first snapshot of next year's state budget shortfall has been unveiled to lawmakers, and it's grim.  Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget advisers said Friday the state is short $963 million to continue running all existing programs and account for inflationary growth in the budget year that begins July 1.  Another slice of the shortfall, at least $164 million, includes inflation costs, merit raises for state employees and other items that lawmakers haven't necessarily funded in recent years.

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