Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 23rd

Senate approves $24.6B budget for next year

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BATON ROUGE — Senators agreed Wednesday to a $24.6 billion budget to finance state government operations and services next year, sending the heavily rewritten proposal back to the House for consideration with only days remaining in the legislative session.

The spending plan includes new money for services to help the disabled, higher education and public schools. Rank-and-file state workers would get a pay raise, but would also face new premium hikes for health insurance. More than 1,000 state jobs would be cut, though most are vacant.

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