La. Senate debates $24.6B budget for next year
BATON ROUGE - Senators have started debating 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 in the Senate budget committee.
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.
The budget would be balanced with more than $970 million in patchwork financing that isn't expected to reappear a year later.
The new fiscal year begins July 1.