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Louisiana governor sets Jan. 19 to reach deal with House GOP

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  • By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards set a Jan. 19 deadline to reach a tax deal with House Republican leaders to close a $1 billion budget gap.

If no deal is reached, the Democratic governor says he won’t call a February special legislative session. Lawmakers would then have to craft a budget that strips the entire amount through cuts or let it linger unfinished until a June special session.

No one has offered a specific proposal for slashing that much spending.

The budget gap hits July 1. Tax bills can’t be considered in the three-month regular legislative session from March until early June.

Edwards announced the deadline Wednesday at an end-of-year news conference where he touted Louisiana’s shrinking unemployment rate and avoidance of a midyear deficit for the first time in years.

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