BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers completed their special session on taxes Thursday after raising $263 million more for the state’s operating budget, lessening — but not completely closing — gaps in health and education programs.
The House and Senate fell far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to raise $600 million more for the $26 billion budget that starts July 1. But on top of taxes boosted earlier this year, they had raised about $1.5 billion to shrink holes in the spending plan.
While he didn’t reach his target, Edwards said he was pleased with the work