Lawmakers wrapping up work on the regular session
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have worked out compromises on their outstanding financial bills in the final hours of their three-month regular session.
The House and Senate signed off on next year's multibillion-dollar construction budget, agreeing to a version that has $388 million more in projects than there is money to spend.
The state's current year budget also was rebalanced, to fill $75 million in gaps in the TOPS college tuition program, the public school funding formula and payments to parish sheriffs for housing state prisoners in local jails.
The Legislature must finish work by 6 p.m. Monday.
Many of the most contentious issues were decided weeks ago, with lawmakers refusing to jettison Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards, to raise the minimum wage and to allow the dispensing of medical marijuana.
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