Senate budget not received well by House lawmakers
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers who helped craft the House version of the $25 billion budget say they don't support the Senate's changes to the spending plans for next year.
The discontent raises questions about whether the two sides will reach a compromise that can get enough votes to pass before the regular session must end Thursday.
Rep. Brett Geymann, a leader of conservative House Republicans, said Sunday that he's unhappy with senators' use of patchwork financing for ongoing programs and services. He's also displeased with the Senate's refusal to pass constitutional changes to the way the budget can be financed and handled.
Meanwhile, Rep. John Bel Edwards, chairman of the House Democrats, says Democratic lawmakers don't support the Senate's increased funding for the statewide voucher program without boosting public school funding as well.