House passes scaled-back $29B budget

By William Taylor Potter

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State Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, presents the budget bill during the House’s meeting Monday. Photo by Sarah Gamard.

By William Taylor Potter

BATON ROUGE – The GOP budget – that called for full TOPS funding and a $235 million cut from the Department of Health’s funding – passed the House relatively unscathed following five hours of debate Thursday, the only action at the Statehouse.

Following the addition of a few amendments, House Bill 1 passed, 63-40, more than half a billion dollars million less than Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, had requested in his $30 billion budget.

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