BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — 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 Monday and get a separate annual $10 million earmark for legislative agencies that’s not included in the bill.