House backs $25 billion budget compromise
BATON ROUGE - After days of closed-door negotiations, the Louisiana House has backed a nearly $25 billion budget that deeply diverges from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Lawmakers objected to Jindal's proposal to use $500 million in uncertain financing from property sales, legal settlements, fund sweeps and other items that haven't yet happened and that would only drum up money for one year.
The House compromise approved Friday would replace those dollars with money raised from trimming tax break programs, cuts to state agencies and $200 million expected from a tax amnesty program.
A 93-5 vote sent the budget to the Senate.
The bipartisan plan was a rare showing of independence for lawmakers who traditionally follow the governor's lead. Jindal opposes pieces of the package that he considers a tax hike.
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