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FY 2020 budget

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Lawmakers worked to the bitter end of the legislative session Thursday to address the two biggest remaining issues: the state’s next budget and the future of fantasy sports gaming in Louisiana.

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A Senate committee will have its chance to make changes to the state’s next budget today. Jay Dardenne, Governor John Bel Edwards’ top budget advisor, told members of the Senate Finance committee last week that most of the changes adopted by the House are in line with the administration’s proposals. 

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House Republicans are looking to give Louisiana teachers a larger pay raise than expected next year, as lawmakers decide how to spend $119 million in extra revenue. 

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Speaker of the House Taylor Barras (R-New Iberia) agreed Wednesday to approve $119 million dollars in additional state revenue for next fiscal year, ending a significant stalemate between Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican leaders in the House. 

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Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Walters says the state’s food stamp program is at risk if a $13 million funding gap isn’t filled in next year’s budget. 

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Louisiana lawmakers managed to avoid a steep drop in state revenue last year by passing a partial extension of a temporary hike in sales tax. But even with the fiscal cliff behind them, legislators are anticipating another budget battle this session. 

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When it comes to approving a teacher pay raise, lawmakers appear to be on the same page. But how to fund other areas of education, that’s where Republican legislators seem to split with Governor John Bel Edwards.

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Included in Governor John Bel Edwards’ budget proposal for next fiscal year is a fully funded TOPS scholarship program, an increase to higher education, and a $1,000 teacher pay raise. Left out is any additional money for early childhood education, a program whose funding could end up being a point of contention during the legislative session that starts in April.

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Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration  presented a $31 billion proposal for next year’s budget on Friday. But before it can become a reality, a legislative stalemate would have to break. 

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It took three special sessions for the Legislature to resolve the state’s fiscal cliff earlier this year. After months of deadlock, state lawmakers finally added slightly less than half a penny to the 4% sales tax rate in order to stave off a budget deficit. But in light of a budget surplus and the potential for increased revenue, some lawmakers are reconsidering that sales tax rate. 

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