Lawmakers strip increase for Louisiana legislative agencies

    A proposal to boost spending on Louisiana’s legislative agencies by nearly $12 million has been jettisoned by the House budget committee.

    Legislative leaders had recommended the increase even as the House, Senate and other legislative agencies sit on $85 million in surplus cash for which they have no immediate plans.

    The Appropriations Committee quickly stripped $11.6 million from the legislative budget proposal, before sending it to the full House for debate.

    Under the revised proposal, spending on legislative agencies would remain largely flat in the upcoming 2019-20 financial year, at about $96 million.

    Legislative agencies would receive $86 million through the budget bill advanced today and get a separate annual $10 million earmark for legislative agencies that’s not included in the bill. Read the full story.

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