BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana House passed, 96-4, House Bill 2, the state’s comprehensive capital outlay budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, but Democrats held hostage the key companion funding bill Wednesday night.

However, House Bill 3, the instrument authorizing the borrowing for state and local government construction projects through bond sales to pay for HB 2, failed 56-40, falling short of the two-thirds majority required of revenue measures. It will come up for reconsideration, probably next week.

Democrats united to defeat the bill in order to have a bargaining chip with House conservatives in reprioritizing House Bill 1, the

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