Governor unveils $25 billion budget
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed a $25 billion budget for next year that includes more money for higher education, public schools and disabled services.
The budget was unveiled to lawmakers at the State Capitol Friday.
The plan is $624 million lower than this year's budget, mostly from the loss of one-time coastal restoration and hurricane recovery dollars. Overall state revenue going into the general fund is growing.
The plan eliminates more than 1,000 state jobs, many of which are vacant. Many other state employees will get pay raises, but also face an increase in health insurance premiums.