There’s 10 days left in the regular session and very little has been accomplished. Democratic Caucus Chairman Gene Reynolds of Minden says he’ll meet with Republican legislative leaders to see what can be done in the final days of the session. He says with only 41 votes in the House, it’s been hard for Democrats to get anything through the process.
“We’re here too and we have priorities and our priorities are a budget that funds everything we need and have to have, our services, and we also want to work on tax reform.”
Governor John Bel Edwards and Democrats are pushing for tax reform, because 1.3 billion dollars in temporary sales taxes expire July 2018. But Republican House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says Democrats haven’t presented a plan that the legislature and the public can get on board with.
“It would be better for them to have a clearer direction as a party of where they want to go, instead of just asking everyone, let’s have a discussion. Well bring something to the table that everybody can support I think is the next step.”
One possible solution to solving the fiscal cliff is to keep the extra penny that was added to the sales tax last year. But Reynolds doesn’t like that idea, which he says is being discussed by House members.
“Now they’re talking about leaving the penny on, which we’re totally against that. We told the people we needed time to fix it, well let’s fix it.”
It’s likely a special session will be needed to address the fiscal cliff.