La. Senate debates $24.6B budget for next year - KLFY News 10

La. Senate debates $24.6B budget for next year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators have started debating a nearly $25 billion budget to finance state government operations and services next year. 

The spending plan includes new spending on health care and education programs.

Rank-and-file state workers would get a pay raise, but would also face new premium hikes for health insurance. Many of the across-the-board cuts proposed by the House for contracts, overtime pay and vacant positions were stripped in the Senate budget committee. 

More than $70 million in "efficiencies" recommended by a consulting firm hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration would be required to balance the spending plans. 

The budget would be balanced with more than $970 million in patchwork financing that isn't expected to reappear a year later. The new fiscal year begins July 1.
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