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Senators take their turn at $29 billion operating budget

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's operating budget is in the hands of state senators. They are sifting through the version drawn up in the House and hearing from agencies that the $29.5 billion spending plan will force damaging cuts.
    
In the proposal drawn up by House Republican leaders, lawmakers left $206 million on the table for the year that begins July 1. That's money Louisiana's income forecasting panel projects will come into the treasury.
    
House lawmakers didn't spend it as a hedge the estimates are too rosy.
    
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wants to spend all available money, saying that without it, health services, the child welfare agency and prisons would face unnecessary and harmful cuts.
    
Senators started combing through the House proposal this week. Friday, they're reviewing agencies led by statewide elected officials.

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