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.
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