Senate spending plan protects colleges, cuts K-12 education
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's senators have unveiled their approach for spending $258 million raised in a tax special session that is in its final days.
The plan, backed Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee, would protect college campuses, but it leaves K-12 public schools on the chopping block.
The safety-net hospitals for the poor would get the full financing requested by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration. Students in the TOPS college program would get 70 percent of their tuition costs covered.
Senate leaders say the House version of the budget bill contained $26 million more than the state has money available, double-counting savings from the state's Medicaid expansion that had already been used. Senators cut that amount from the bill.
Senate leaders are pushing to raise more taxes. The special session ends Thursday.