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.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
LSU football returns Saturday with no tailgating, 25% capacity in Death Valley
What you need to know before you geaux to Tiger Stadium
Coach O Weekly Press Conference - Game 1 vs. MSU
Coach O speaks with media, says 'most' of team has had coronavirus
LSU's Neil Farrell opting back in for 2020 season