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Jun 18, 2010 7:50 PM

Senate passes budget bills, backed by Jindal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The Louisiana Senate has passed its version of the $25 billion budget to finance state government next year and the plans have Gov. Bobby Jindal's backing.

Jindal returned to the state Capitol on Friday to broker a budget compromise between the House and Senate. The governor says he likes the Senate's version of plans to close a half-billion dollar deficit this year and to chart spending next year.

Those plans received near-unanimous backing of the Senate on Friday. They head back to the House for approval. House leaders have said they want to review the proposals before they make a decision on whether to agree.

All sides in the negotiation say they are confident a deal can be reached before lawmakers must adjourn Monday.

Senators propose using more one-time money to fill gaps than the House recommended to offset cuts.

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