Legislative budget hearings scheduled as revenue picks up

Legislative budget hearings, the first step in setting a roughly $6-billion state budget for fiscal 2019, have been scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22.

Directors of major state agencies will come before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and make their pitches for funding for the next fiscal year that begins July 1, 2018. The hearings, which years ago would run for a week or more, have been greatly scaled back. The schedule for this year includes only a day and a half, with the Sept. 22 hearings scheduled to run only from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Clarion Ledger