Louisiana Legislature passes $39 billion budget

Published: May 19, 2022

By: Piper Hutchinson, LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU Manship School News Service) – The Louisiana House gave final legislative approval to a bundle of budget bills on Thursday, May 19 that include funds for $1,500 pay raises for K-12 teachers and $300 million for a new Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge.

The basic package had already cleared the House, but amendments made by the Senate had to be concurred on.

In one of the nine bills, the House advanced the $39 billion state operating budget on a bipartisan 88-7 vote, with one Democrat, Rep. Wilford Carter of Lake Charles, and six Republicans voting against the bill. The Republicans were Reps. Raymond Garofalo of Chalmette, Kathy Edmonston of Gonzales, Barry Ivey of Central, Julie Emerson of Carenco, Danny McCormick of Oil City and Blake Miguez of Erath.

The six Republicans, representing the conservative faction of the legislature, raised concerns about one-time funds being used for recurring expenditures.

Read more at KALB

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