2017 Special Session

Sue Lincoln

With the bang of the gavel and a call of “The Senate will come to order. Mr Secretary, open the machines for roll call,” thus began the final day of the special session.


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“I don’t understand. In my world, a deficit is the difference between your revenue and your expenses.”

State budget shortfalls are complicated, even for Senator Sharon Hewitt (R-Slidell), who sits on the Finance Committee.

“Can you articulate for me in layman’s terms?” Hewitt asks.

With some help from Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, we’ll try.

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Feb 22, 2017
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Both the full House and Senate convened yesterday afternoon, but their business was brief, and more procedural than substantive.


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As the Special Session must end Wednesday at midnight, the House and Senate appear on their way to implementing a deal. 


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“We are attempting to start on time, but as we work through these negotiations, we want to make sure we have every opportunity to hear from everyone,” Speaker Taylor Barras apologized, as the House started more than three hours late Monday afternoon.

Leaders from both chambers were meeting, still trying to find agreement on how much of the Rainy Day Fund to use for the shortfall.

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