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$39 billion state budget quickly passed by state Senate

Louisiana State Capitol Building
Posted at 10:36 AM, May 19, 2022

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A $39 billion state operating budget that seeks teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed $2.5 billion bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge has won state Senate approval.

The budget passed the Senate 38-0 on Wednesday with little discussion.

The House-passed bill must now go back to the state House for approval of Senate changes.

Officials said the bill seeks a $1,500 annual raise for teachers and a $750 raise for school support personnel. It also would direct $300 million toward the proposed Baton Rouge bridge.

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