Timeline for calling special session shifts as window narrows

Gov. John Bel Edwards has again shifted his timeline for calling a still-tentative special session for lawmakers to address a looming $1 billion state budget shortfall.

Edwards, a Democrat who took office in January 2016, had initially set out on a Feb. 15 start date, but the governor is now eyeing a Feb. 19 start, deputy chief of staff Richard Carbo said Tuesday.

The governor has not yet reached an informal agreement with House Republican leaders on the best approach to avoiding the “fiscal cliff” when temporary tax measures expire July 1. Edwards and House Speaker Taylor Barras, a New Iberia Republican who has separately expressed his support for a special session, again discussed options on Monday. Carbo described the talks as productive…


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