Louisiana’s latest special session on finances opens today

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Mired in continued budget troubles, Louisiana lawmakers are opening another acrimonious debate over taxes, returning Monday for their fifth special session about the state’s financial instability since 2016.

The legislative session centers on whether to replace $1 billion in expiring taxes enacted by lawmakers two years ago, or to allow deep cuts to fall across Louisiana’s government-financed programs and services.

Gov. John Bel Edwards hopes to persuade the majority-Republican Legislature to offset the gap with taxes.


Edwards called the 17-day session to begin Monday at 4 p.m. He speaks to


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