La. Senate passes state budget bill
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate, passed the $25 billion state budget proposed by the Governor. The Senate version of the bill is different than the House version. Senators over hauled parts of the bill changing cuts that would have left hits to education and heath care for the state.
The final count Saturday was 37-1. The one person that did not go for the bill was New Orleans Senator Karen Carter-Peterson.
Peterson wanted to table the discussion and do more research on the bill before the senate votes to pass it.
Governor Jindal released a statement saying, "We appreciate the work the Senate did in crafting their budget, including valuable investments in education for scholarships for children and bonus pay for teachers and school personnel. These important investments in our education system will be great for educators and students."
Apart of the Senate version, it shifts one-time money to cover programs and services that require continued funding.
This week is the last week of session in order to get the state budget bill passed, the session must end by Thursday.