DALLAS  - The Louisiana Legislature Saturday gave its final approval to a $29.9 billion state operating budget for fiscal 2009, along with a $4.86 billion capital outlay bill that authorizes $2.28 billion of state general obligation bonds and $1.6 billion of revenue bonds.

The measures were sent to Gov. Bobby Jindal after the House approved changes made by the Senate to the budget adopted earlier by the House. The House cut $120 million from the $30.1 billion budget submitted by Jindal in March, but the Senate restored most of the cuts and added $20 million in local projects.

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