Louisiana's latest special session on finances opens Monday

February 17, 2018 - 9:20 am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers are readying themselves for another acrimonious debate over taxes, returning for their fifth special session centered on the state's financial instability since 2016.
  
Gov. John Bel Edwards called the 17-day session that starts Monday.
  
The Democratic governor hopes to replace $1 billion in expiring taxes enacted by lawmakers two years ago with additional taxes. But it remains unclear if he'll have enough votes in the majority-Republican Legislature.
  
Without replacement revenue, deep cuts will fall across programs and services in the budget year that begins July 1.
  
Republicans willing to consider taxes want spending control measures passed in return, such as tightened limits on spending growth and new cost-share and work requirements for some Medicaid patients.
  
The session opens Monday at 4 p.m. It must end March 7.  

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