Louisiana budget bills start moving amid concerns over pace

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After a week of inaction, Louisiana House lawmakers Tuesday started advancing budget bills to chart spending on state government operations next year and account for $400 million in new taxes supported by the chamber.

Amid pressure from colleagues worried time is running short, Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry introduced the package of budget measures Tuesday afternoon. His committee then quickly advanced them to the House floor without objection.

Still, Democrats worried that Henry, a Republican, isn’t moving with enough urgency to pass a spending plan before the special session must


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