Report from Louisiana: Yet Another Special Session

by Pat Austin | June 18th, 2018

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Report from Louisiana: Yet Another Special Session

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – Louisiana is fac­ing a $650 mil­lion dol­lar fis­cal cliff and two pre­vi­ous spe­cial leg­isla­tive ses­sions have failed to solve the dilemma, and so spe­cial ses­sion num­ber three begins today, at a cost of about $60,000 per day.

Through­out this cri­sis the nor­mal groups have been tar­geted and threat­ened for extinc­tion: higher edu­ca­tion and health care. In May, 30,000 Med­ic­aid recip­i­ents were threat­ened with evic­tion from nurs­ing homes as their ben­e­fits were threat­ened. The pop­u­lar TOPS schol­ar­ship pro­gram has been tar­geted for deep cuts which has filled par­ents and stu­dents with anx­i­ety. The lat­est threat is that the food stamp pro­gram for the entire state will be can­celled in Jan­u­ary unless leg­is­la­tors find a solu­tion to this bud­get shortfall.

In sim­plest terms, state democ­rats want to raise rev­enue through addi­tional taxes while state repub­li­cans want to cut fund­ing. It’s a bit more com­plex than that, obvi­ously, but that’s the crux of the issue:

Just hours after the sec­ond spe­cial ses­sion of the year ended, the Louisiana House Repub­li­can Cau­cus, which has posi­tioned itself as the largest oppo­nent to Edwards’ agenda, vowed it “will not waver” in the third.

Since the first day of this leg­isla­tive ses­sion and through­out the spe­cial ses­sion, the Louisiana House Repub­li­can Del­e­ga­tion has been crys­tal clear in its oppo­si­tion to grow­ing the size of gov­ern­ment,” the cau­cus said in its state­ment. “We will enter into the upcom­ing spe­cial ses­sion laser-​focused on reduc­ing state spend­ing and meet­ing the crit­i­cal needs of the state. Our com­mit­ment to the tax­pay­ers will not waver.”

Gov­er­nor John Bel Edwards (D) wants to raise rev­enue through extend­ing an expir­ing tax:

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to give a short session-​opening address about 5 p.m., urg­ing law­mak­ers to agree to extend one-​half of an expir­ing 1 per­cent state sales tax. House Repub­li­can lead­ers have been stead­fastly opposed to the half-​cent pro­posal and con­tinue to push for a smaller fraction.

And so while both sides are stead­fast in their posi­tions, it seems, and unwill­ing to come to any com­pro­mise, we are spend­ing around $650,000 mil­lion for each spe­cial session.

Makes per­fect sense to me.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreve­port and is the author of Cane River Bohemia (Oct. ’18). Fol­low her on Insta­gram @patbecker25.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Louisiana is facing a $650 million dollar fiscal cliff and two previous special legislative sessions have failed to solve the dilemma, and so special session number three begins today, at a cost of about $60,000 per day.

Throughout this crisis the normal groups have been targeted and threatened for extinction: higher education and health care.  In May, 30,000 Medicaid recipients were threatened with eviction from nursing homes as their benefits were threatened.  The popular TOPS scholarship program has been targeted for deep cuts which has filled parents and students with anxiety. The latest threat is that the food stamp program for the entire state will be cancelled in January unless legislators find a solution to this budget shortfall.

In simplest terms, state democrats want to raise revenue through additional taxes while state republicans want to cut funding.  It’s a bit more complex than that, obviously, but that’s the crux of the issue:

Just hours after the second special session of the year ended, the Louisiana House Republican Caucus, which has positioned itself as the largest opponent to Edwards’ agenda, vowed it “will not waver” in the third.

“Since the first day of this legislative session and throughout the special session, the Louisiana House Republican Delegation has been crystal clear in its opposition to growing the size of government,” the caucus said in its statement. “We will enter into the upcoming special session laser-focused on reducing state spending and meeting the critical needs of the state. Our commitment to the taxpayers will not waver.”

Governor John Bel Edwards (D) wants to raise revenue through extending an expiring tax:

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to give a short session-opening address about 5 p.m., urging lawmakers to agree to extend one-half of an expiring 1 percent state sales tax. House Republican leaders have been steadfastly opposed to the half-cent proposal and continue to push for a smaller fraction.

And so while both sides are steadfast in their positions, it seems, and unwilling to come to any compromise, we are spending around $650,000 million for each special session.

Makes perfect sense to me.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia (Oct. ’18).  Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25.

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