BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After two years of inability to reach a permanent financing deal with the Republican-led Legislature, Gov. John Bel Edwards called on lawmakers Monday to pass long-term tax changes to close Louisiana’s latest budget gap and end a decade’s worth of financial uncertainty.

The Democratic governor spoke to a joint session of the House and Senate as they opened their latest special session, the fifth special session called by Edwards to address budget uncertainty since he took office in 2016. He said he was hopeful “this could be the last.”

“My number one goal is to put this


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