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House leaders to talk budget gap

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Looming $1 billion-plus state budget gap to be focus of talks

More than three-quarters of Louisiana House lawmakers are expected to attend a closed-door retreat Thursday to hash out ideas for eliminating a looming $1 billion-plus state budget gap. The bipartisan meeting will be held at a Baton Rouge catering hall, with the leaders of the Republican and Democratic delegations who organized the event hoping legislators can start building a consensus on addressing Louisiana’s financial problems. “This is for educational purposes and to get us in the room and have a little fellowship,” Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris, head of the House

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