The Louisiana House committee advances the budget; debate set for Thursday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana House panel on Monday advanced a proposed state operating budget that includes $148 million for salary increases for teachers and school support staff and $104 million. million for higher education faculty pay raises, but cuts a proposed $100-month increase in state supplemental pay for local police and firefighters.
Still up in the air as the state’s $38 billion operating budget and related budget bills left the House Appropriations Committee on Monday was the future of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to allocate $500 million in one-time revenue to a new bridge over the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, a project that administration officials say could eventually cost about $2.5 billion.