BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is presenting its "doomsday scenario" to lawmakers.
On Saturday, the governor's chief financial adviser Jay Dardenne unveils what next year's budget would look like if Louisiana has to cut more than $2 billion in state financing to close a budget gap, rather than raise taxes.
The presentation to the joint House and Senate budget committee comes on the eve of a special legislative session that begins Sunday. Edwards has called the session to try to persuade lawmakers to boost taxes, to stop deep cuts to colleges and health services.
In addition to next year's budget hole, Louisiana has a shortfall ranging from $850 million to $950 million in the fiscal year that ends June 30. Lawmakers will also grapple with that in the special session.