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Lawmakers work to fill state budget deficit

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Louisiana lawmakers are still hashing out the numbers as the deadline for the 2017 special session looms.

The deadline is Wednesday at midnight, and the Senate spent Sunday reworking a House plan that made larger cuts than Gov. John Bel Edwards wants. Edwards presented a plan that would use about $119 million from the rainy day fund, while making $60 million worth of cuts across the board, instead of to just higher education and healthcare.

Rep. Gene Reynolds said no vote has been taken on a final bill to close the hole. House Bill 3 is the bill that will implement the

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