Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Jul 24th

Budget deal passes in final hours

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BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers agreed to a $25.4 billion budget compromise Thursday, in the final hours of a legislative session marked by new bipartisan alliances in the House and the meltdown of the governor's tax plans without a single vote on them.

After days of contentious closed-door meetings, a last-minute budget deal sailed through the Legislature with a 38-1 Senate vote and a 104-0 House vote, along with a package of bills to make the budget balance for the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July 1.

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