House spurns attempt to unlock Louisiana budget restrictions

House spurns attempt to unlock Louisiana budget restrictions

House spurns attempt to unlock Louisiana budget restrictions

And the Democrats' leader in the House, Rep. Gene Reynolds, says he thinks lawmakers are making progress in negotiations over a stalled construction financing bill.

The Republican who leads the House budget committee, Rep. Cameron Henry, says he expects the House and Senate will reach an agreement on the operating budget bill Henry handles.

"I'm not willing to force my colleagues to waste their time on voting on an issue when it will not pass", Carter said in a post on his Facebook page.

The Senate hasn't yet drafted its version of the budget, so it's unclear if a deal can be struck.

They're recommending, in a separate bill, to use $80 million of the unspent cash to fill gaps in this year's budget that the House didn't address - such as shortfalls in payments to sheriffs for housing state inmates in their local jails and to K-12 public school districts. If this budget makes its way through the process, the need for a special session this summer will be greatly diminished.

In addition, all four Republicans who endorsed a 17 cent, $510 million gas tax hike in the House Ways and Means Committee, were targeted for criticism in a resolution approved by the state party.

Owner says Three Mile Island plant to shut down in 2019
Meanwhile, electricity consumption hit a wall after the recession, while states have emphasized renewable energy and efficiency. No nuclear plant that was proposed after the accident has been successfully completed and put into operation in the U.S.

Baton Rouge Rep. Steve Carter announced Wednesday that he won't pursue the tax hike in the remaining days of the legislative session.

"I'm struggling with fully funding [the TOPS college tuition program] at the expense of healthcare, especially mental health", Sen. "Once signed by Gov. Edwards, these bills will strengthen our body of pro-life laws".

Edwards said the 2018 deficit is coming because $1.3 billion in temporary taxes passed in 2016 expire on July 1, 2018. However, the budget in its current form is a nonstarter, therefore, the additional time could be necessary.

Abramson, a New Orleans Democrat, said too many rules that control government spending and tax policy are locked into the constitution, and lawmakers are constrained in addressing Louisiana's persistent financial troubles.

"I understand the need to get them back on their feet, but we can not forget the victims", Republican House Speaker Sherman Mack said during debate on the House floor regarding reduction of restitution payments. The special session will convene at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017, and it must adjourn by midnight on Monday, June 19, 2017. The current regular session is the last "fiscal session" before the cliff.

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