Special session deadline looms at the capitol
BATON ROUGE - A deadline looms at the state capitol. By the end of Wednesday, the special session called to deal with the state's budget woes will be over.
It'll be a busy day. Lawmakers have to find another $200 million. Accomplishing that could be easier said than done; They've spent the majority of the past week bickering about who's money is going to be used to bailout the state.
It looks like it's coming down to a compromise over the state sales tax. Lawmakers will either agree to raise it as high as 6%, which would be the highest in the nation, or to eliminate a number of business tax exemptions.
You can follow their progress throughout the day on WBRZ News 2, as well as on WBRZ.com. Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a post-session press conference at 6:30 p.m. We'll stream it live on WBRZ.com and have more from the address Wednesday night on WBRZ News 2 at 10.