2018 Special Session

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The state Legislature is back at work today. Just one week after ending a rocky special session, Gov. John Bel Edwards used his State of the State address to urge lawmakers to work together and move forward.

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Legislators are moving on from a failed special session to focus on the regular session that starts Monday.

Robert Travis Scott is President of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, a non-partisan public policy group. Despite the collapse of the special session, Scott says there's still progress to be made over the next few months. 

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The special legislative session to address the state's budget shortfall for next fiscal year ended early, with no solution in sight. The Legislature spent two weeks in an impasse over how to replace revenue that's set to expire after June 30. Unable to compromise, lawmakers will head into a regular session starting Monday to draft the state's budget for next fiscal year. 

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Lawmakers ended the special session early, failing to raise any revenue to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, clearly frustrated, says the session failed because of a lack of leadership in the House. 

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Louisiana’s special legislative session could come to an early close Monday, with no fix for next year’s billion-dollar budget shortfall.

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A bill to raise state sales tax failed on the House floor for the second time Sunday night, putting even more doubt on the future of a rocky special session. 


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After the House failed to pass a major tax bill Wednesday night, the future of the special session appeared shaky. But there was some progress in getting negotiations going again Thursday. 

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Louisiana’s House of Representatives is still sharply divided over how to fix the fiscal cliff. The House was finally set to vote on tax and budget bills Wednesday, but when members took to the floor hours behind schedule, it still wasn’t clear if they were any closer to a compromise. 

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The Louisiana House worked behind the scenes Tuesday on tax negotiations. And key to those negotiations is the Legislative Black Caucus, led by Representative Joe Bouie (D-New Orleans).

"The strength of the Black Caucus regarding tax reform is the fact that you usually need 70 votes," he said.

Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott on the second week of the special legislative session to address the looming fiscal cliff on July 1st. 

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