House, Senate At Odds Over Budget With Days To Strike A Deal
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's legislative session has entered its final week. And a budget deal seems far from certain that can keep public health services and colleges from deep cuts while satisfying Gov. Bobby Jindal's financial criteria.
The House and Senate have passed different packages of tax bills to raise revenue for the upcoming fiscal year. What is contained in the $24 billion budget tied to those bills also is the subject of disagreement.
The Senate is expected to pass a budget proposal Monday that contains about $250 million more in spending than the House supported.
Even if the two legislative chambers can agree on how much money to raise and how to spend it, they have yet to meet Jindal's parameters for what tax changes he'll accept.
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