Edwards rejects calls to revise special session timeline
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says calls to delay a special session on taxes would be irresponsible, allowing damaging cuts to take hold across state services.
The Democratic governor is planning a June special session for lawmakers, to consider tax changes that could help stave off deep reductions to education and health care programs.
But some lawmakers and others have questioned the timeline.
Republican Rep. Cameron Henry, House budget committee chairman, says a June session is too soon because Louisiana won't yet know how much money will be raised by tax hikes passed earlier this year.
The head of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has raised similar concerns.
Edwards said Thursday "the most responsible thing to do" is to trust current estimates and work to stop the impending cuts.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
A new Era for Muslim women at the Baton Rouge Mosque
Thousands of residents disposed trash at Baton Rouge's hazardous waste collection
Second annual BR Oyster Fest creating opportunities for downtown businesses
BRPD bringing new basketball hoops to local community
Frustrated crowd forms at BRCC as parents reportedly locked out of high...