Devon Sanders
and Kaylee Poche
LSU Manship School News Service

LAFAYETTE—Gov. John Bel Edwards appealed directly to the public in a speech here Tuesday for help in passing his plan to solve the state’s $648 million budget shortfall.

The governor’s proposed a half-cent sales tax, the reduction of some tax exemptions for businesses and the elimination of a provision that lets individuals deduct state income taxes in one year from the next year’s returns.

Edwards spoke at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette three hours before the Legislature began its sixth special session in the last three years to try solve the state’s

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