Lawmakers in the Louisiana House of Representatives agreed to a sales tax renewal. Then, they voted to spend the $463 million it would raise for the budget that begins in July.
The spending plans adopted in a 95-1 vote Friday would shield higher education and the TOPS college tuition program from cuts, along with the food stamp program. Some public safety programs still would take reductions.
Health care services for the poor, elderly and disabled already were protected in the budget previously passed by lawmakers. That wouldn't change.
The budget bill passed Friday and headed to the Senate for consideration would spend the dollars raised from a House-backed sales tax measure. Lawmakers agreed to renew 0.45 percent of a 1 percent sales tax that is expiring July 1. That, too, still requires Senate debate.