Gov. Edwards: Special session on taxes more likely every day


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Governor John Bel Edwards says he's disappointed state lawmakers have done little to patch a mid-2018 budget hole. The Democratic governor says it's becoming more likely he'll call a special session over the next year to deal with the gap.

Edwards' comments came Wednesday on his monthly radio show.

Louisiana faces a more than $1 billion shortfall that hits in July 2018, when temporary sales taxes passed by lawmakers expire. Edwards wants lawmakers to pass a variety of tax measures to close the gap.

Most tax bills must start in the House, and no large revenue-raising tax bills have received backing from the majority-Republican chamber so far.

The legislative session that ends June 8 is the last regular session in which taxes can be considered before the drop-off in revenue.