Louisiana’s senators have started piecing together their proposal to balance next year’s budget without forcing deep cuts to public colleges and health services, building off a package of House tax bills.

The Senate Finance Committee late Tuesday tweaked and then, without objection, passed eight House-approved tax bills aimed at raising revenue for next year’s $24 billion budget.

As passed by the House, the bills would generate $615 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1, nearly all of it used to stop cuts to higher education campuses.

Committee Chairman Jack Donahue said senators were trying to drum up $250 million more to


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