After 19 weeks, La. lawmakers wrap up their work Thursday
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are entering the final day of their tax special session with pending votes to decide how deeply they will cut health and education programs in the budget year that begins next month.
No matter what votes they take ahead of the midnight deadline, the House and Senate will fall far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to raise $600 million more for the budget.
Lawmakers have spent 19 weeks grappling with financial woes across three legislative sessions. They raised $1.2 billion in taxes for next year's budget earlier this year and have boosted that total by at least $258 million in the most recent session.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Senate President John Alario were trying to persuade lawmakers to boost that further.