Louisiana Special Session Likely

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JBELouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Friday a special session of the legislature is likely necessary to remedy a $313 million deficit in the state’s budget. Gov. Edwards stated last week that any deficit beyond $300 million would automatically trigger a special session as it would exceed the amount he can cut from the budget on his own.

Due to Louisiana’s legal framework, a special session will allow budget cuts to be balanced for agencies across the board while higher education and healthcare would be the target if the cuts are done while the Legislature is not in session. Gov. Edwards is also considering making use of the state’s rainy day fund to close the budget gap. No date for the special session has been set but mid-February is being discussed as the target date.