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A full slate of proposals await legislators today at the State Capitol. The 2019 legislative session continues through June 6.

BATON ROUGE – A process moves into full gear today for legislation that would pave the way for teachers and support personnel to receive pay raises, along with an increase in spending per pupil in Louisiana public school.

The issue goes before the House Committee on Education at 1 p.m.

House Concurrent Resolution 1 by Republican House member Nancy Landry of Lafayette follows the request Gov. John Bel Edwards made at the start of the 2019 legislative session.

The increase in the Minimum Foundation program includes Level 1 legislation that allows for a 1.375 percent increase in per-pupil allocation.

The funds for per pupil allocation can be used by districts to provide for greater investment in school supplies, books, smart boards, and cutting-edge technology.

The plan also increases teacher pay by $1,000 per year and increases compensation $500 annually for school support staff.

The pay hike marks the first for teachers and support staff since 2007, under the administration of Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

Also on the April 15 agenda, legislation in the the House and Ways Committee would reinstate the annual sales tax holiday in August and during annual Second Amendment Weekend.

If approved, the legislation by state Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, would add sales and use tax holidays in August and September each year to the exemptions effective through June 30, 2020.

The present law allows for states sales and use tax holidays for the first $2,500 on the sales price of consumer purchases on the first consecutive Friday and Saturday and August. It also allows for a sales and use tax holiday for the consumer purchase of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies the first consecutive Friday through Sunday in September.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m.

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