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