School spending, state worker pay gets budget boosts
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers approved a $24.6 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
It will increase spending on services for the disabled, higher education and public schools, and give pay raises to rank-and-file state workers and state troopers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal can strip individual items he doesn't like with his veto pen, but lawmakers gave the governor most of what he sought in his original budget proposal.
The budget relies on more than $70 million in "efficiencies" recommended by a consulting firm hired by the Jindal administration, along with nearly $1 billion in patchwork financing that isn't expected to reappear a year later.