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Ahead of special session, governor's site solicits budget ideas from voters

11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 February 08, 2016 3:46 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards' administration is seeking the advice of a different kind of expert in how to deal with the state's looming budget crisis.

Monday, the state posted a special web page soliciting comments from Louisiana citizens. The site provides information on the governor's plan to deal with the budget gap and gives people a place to provide feedback. Feedback does not appear to be automatically listed in a public setting where others can comment like a Facebook or Twitter thread, though.

For this current fiscal year, there is an estimated $750 million shortfall that must be addressed by June 30th. For the next fiscal year, beginning July 1, there is already an estimated $1.9 billion shortfall.

Lawmakers have been summoned to the capitol for a special legislative session to deal with the budget crisis. Tax increases for people and business have been proposed. The session is set to begin this weekend.

Click HERE to visit the website. 

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