OTTER TOUTS BUDGET, SAYS THERE’S ENOUGH CASH

AP reports Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter continues to champion his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, dispatching lieutenants to the Legislature to argue that projected revenue justifies the spending plan he outlined last month.

Budget chief Wayne Hammon has been jawboning lawmakers fearful Otter’s forecast of $2.7 billion in revenue is too optimistic.

In the past, Otter has been swayed by the Legislature’s more pessimistic forecasts.

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