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Lawmakers agree to veto-proof budget

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BATON ROUGE — In a chaotic flurry of last-minute votes, Louisiana lawmakers completed their work Thursday with a deal on next year’s $24 billion budget that will keep public colleges and health services from deep cuts — and that meets Gov. Bobby Jindal’s criteria to escape a veto.

The deal was struck and approved in the 60-day legislative session’s final hours, with the House and Senate agreeing to Jindal’s demand that they create a tax credit on paper to protect the Republican governor’s anti-tax record as he readies his likely presidential campaign.

Support of the tax-credit maneuver, in a 30-9 Senate vote

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