BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers are back at work today, beginning a week of potentially contentious bills, including the state budget with $650 million in cuts, according to Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-Minden.

“This is the new number for the fiscal cliff, down from $994 [million] after the Revenue Estimating Committee recognized around $300 million from the federal tax cut,” Reynolds said.

“There is a group that wants to pass this budget first then go into a special session during the regular session time, maybe around May 20th, and try to back fill with revenue from the special, most likely with keeping a part


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