Governor Edwards calls for special session as precaution before legislative session ends

Louisiana's film tax credit program to continue, with a cap

Louisiana's film tax credit program to continue, with a cap

The big decision at hand, finalizing the budget plan. So Edwards can not wait to see if lawmakers settle their differences by the close of the regular session before calling a special session to begin the same evening. The special session is to give legislators time to finalize a budget but with some of the bills voted on today, it seems like the special session is just what they'll need.

The special session is a precautionary measure if lawmakers can't resolve what Edwards calls a "gridlock" related to House Bill 1, the state's operating budget and House Bill 2 and 3, which deal with the state's construction budget.

According to WBRZ, Rep. Steven Carter said there will be no debate over the proposed 10-cent gas tax hike after the bill failed to get necessary approval.

Motorists in Louisiana now pay 38.4 cents in taxes per gallon of gasoline, including 20 cents in state taxes.

Carter said 27 states have raised gasoline taxes since 2012, including Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and many other states.

He focused much of the blame on Americans for Prosperity, an Arlington Va. -based anti-tax group which launched a campaign against the legislation and mounted threats against GOP lawmakers who considered supporting the bill.

The Louisiana Senate also passed three bills containing the brunt of the package's sentencing reform, which seeks to drastically reduce the severity of penalties.

Governor John Bel Edwards called a special session of the legislature to begin at 6:30 p.m. on June 8.

Supporters of the tax increase, Republican and Democrat, applauded his effort and vented their disappointment on the House floor. Unless it is able to accomplish this in eight days, it will have a new window to work - the fourth special session since Edwards took office in January 2016. Otherwise, the special session can run through midnight June 19.

The special session will not address the "fiscal cliff" set to hit in July, when $1.3 billion of temporary taxes expire.

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