Published: April 22, 2022
By: Piper Hutchinson
The Louisiana House of Representatives passed a package of budget bills on Thursday, including a proposed $38.6 billion state operating budget with pay raises for K-12 teachers and college faculty.
A separate spending bill for infrastructure projects did not include the full $500 million Gov. John Bel Edwards has sought to lay the groundwork for a new Mississippi River bridge at Baton Rouge.
Republican leaders raised concerns about spending that $500 million immediately, especially when a location for the bridge has not yet been finalized.
Instead, they proposed moving that money into a fund and opened it up to a number of other projects.
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