Edwards in Washington for national governors' meeting
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Washington for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
The Democratic governor, in office since January, headed to the nation's capital on Saturday and returns to Louisiana on Monday. In Washington, he'll meet with governors from around the country.
The trip will be a brief reprieve for Edwards from a special legislative session that he called to stabilize Louisiana's budget.
Edwards is asking lawmakers to raise taxes, use stop-gap financing and make cuts to close an $850 million to $950 million gap in the fiscal year that ends June 30 - and to deal with a $2 billion shortfall for next year.
No consensus has been reached with lawmakers yet. The special session must end March 9.