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House spurns Senate version of next year's $26B budget

1 year 1 month 3 weeks ago Friday, June 03 2016 Jun 3, 2016 June 03, 2016 3:46 PM June 03, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have refused to agree to the Senate's rewrite of next year's $26 billion budget.

Instead, the House voted 102-0 Friday to send negotiations over a spending plan for the financial year that begins July 1 behind closed doors, to a six-member conference committee.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Cameron Henry says the two chambers are "not that far off" in reaching a deal.

Whatever emerges and may gain final passage before the legislative session ends Monday is expected to largely be a first draft of the state operating budget.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has called a special session on taxes - that starts 30 minutes after the current session ends - to raise money to lessen cuts.

Lawmakers will rewrite the budget to include any money raised.

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