Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, left, speaks with Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, on Monday, May 27, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. The committee was working on a package of budget bills for next year. Melinda Deslatte AP PhotoBATON ROUGE, La.
Louisiana state senators crafted a $30 billion operating budget for next year that would boost college spending, give school teachers a pay raise and provide new dollars for early childhood education, after years of flat financing or cuts for those programs.
The Senate Finance Committee rewrote the House-backed spending proposal late Monday, to more closely match the wishes of Gov. John Bel Edwards for the financial year that begins July 1, particularly on public school