State budget passed by Louisiana Senate a week before special session begins; here are next steps

The State Senate has advanced the state budget for the coming year, a week before lawmakers are set to meet in another special session to try to address a nearly $650 million gap in the coming year that has led to deep cuts to most state agencies.

The chamber had little discussion of the actual specifics of where dollars would go under the proposed spending plan, with senators acknowledging that the final version of House Bill 1 won’t come until the special session, after legislators consider revenue-raising proposals to replace temporary tax measures that expire June 30.

The Senate voted 27-10 in favor of the proposal – described by many as more of a demonstration than an actual spending plan. Those who voted against it, all Democrats, preferred that the chamber not entertain HB1 without additional revenue…


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