Controversial spending bill now headed to Senate

Devon Sanders
Ryan Noonan
and Paul Braun
LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE–Tensions were high Thursday as the Louisiana House voted 55-47 to pass a state budget that called for cutting TOPS funding by 20 percent and stripping most of the funding for partner hospitals and other health services for the poor.

This proposal came after state officials estimated that federal tax changes would bring in an extra $346 million in state revenue next year, lowering the projected budget deficit to $648 million.

Some legislators, like Democratic Caucus Chairman Robert Johnson of Marksville, expressed serious concerns


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