Louisiana Governor Edwards issues call for special session to address $304 million budget shortfall

Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a one-page notice officially calling the Louisiana Legislature into a special session this month to address a $304 million shortfall in the state budget.

The governor had said last week that he planned to call the budget-cutting special session, which is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 and end at midnight Feb. 22.

The official order, which came out Friday afternoon, doesn't offer lawmakers an opportunity to raise taxes, though it does include the option of increasing some fees and pulling money from the state's reserves, in addition to cuts.



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