BATON ROUGE — Time was growing short Thursday for Louisiana lawmakers to strike a deal on next year’s $24 billion budget and the tax plans that will finance it.

Work in the 60-day regular legislative session must end by 6 p.m.

House and Senate leaders were trying to reach an agreement on how to raise taxes, shrink tax breaks and scale back business subsidies, as a way to drum up hundreds of millions of dollars for the budget. The money would stop deep cuts to colleges and public health services.

Lawmakers also were haggling over whether to meet Gov. Bobby Jindal’s criteria


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