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Senate committee adds over $350M

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana senators Monday rewrote the state’s $25 billion operating budget for next year, rejecting deep cuts pushed by House Republicans that the Jindal administration said would devastate health care services and public colleges.

The Senate Finance Committee added more than $350 million to the 2012-13 spending plans, restoring all the one-time money removed by a bloc of conservative GOP lawmakers in the House who want to shrink state government spending — and pouring in additional piecemeal financing.

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