Feb. 22, 2017 05:17 PM
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Louisiana's lawmakers are heading home, having ended their budget-rebalancing special session with a deal to close the $304 million deficit.

With the pieces of the deal approved, the House and Senate adjourned the session seven hours before Wednesday's deadline.

A deal between the House, Senate and governor's office had been struck in principle for days.

But House Speaker Taylor Barras had trouble pulling together the two-thirds vote of 70 lawmakers needed to take $99 million from the state's "rainy day" fund. The legislation won support in the final hours of the session.

Other patchwork dollars will be used to fill gaps, and about $85 million in cuts will be levied on agencies.

Colleges, K-12 public schools and prisons will be protected. Cuts will fall heaviest on the state health department.

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