House, Senate reach budget deal
BATON ROUGE (AP) – Lawmakers negotiating next year’s $25 billion budget struck a tentative deal Wednesday that includes a $69 million increase in public school funding, in a compromise they hope can get enough support to keep them out of a special session.
The hand-shake agreement for the 2013-14 budget was reached among nine legislative leaders and backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, in the waning hours of the two-month legislative session.
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