La. Senate approves $24.6B budget for next year
BATON ROUGE - Senators have approved a nearly $25 billion budget to finance state government operations and services next year.
The spending plan includes new spending on health care and education programs. Rank-and-file state workers would get a pay raise, but would also face new premium hikes for health insurance.
Many of the across-the-board cuts proposed by the House for contracts, overtime pay and vacant positions were stripped by senators who voted 37-1 for the budget bill Wednesday.
More than $70 million in "efficiencies" recommended by a consulting firm hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration would be required to balance the spending plans.
Senate support sends the budget back to the House for consideration of the Senate rewrite, with a few days left in the legislative session. The fiscal year begins July 1.