A special session starts today and legislators are searching for areas to carve $2.3 billion from the current state budget.
The two-week session was brought on by the economic
They fear a deficit of nearly $4 billion could come in the next fiscal year that begins July 1, 2009, resulting in even fewer health benefits
for the poor and more overcrowding in a state prison system that
already houses more than 100,000 criminals.
The deepening recession is also increasing demand for Medicaid,
unemployment benefits and food stamps.