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Lawmakers Wait For Details On Fixing Fiscal Cliff

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House Republican Caucus Chairman Lance Harris of Alexandria is still waiting on specifics from the Edwards administration on how to fix the fiscal cliff. The governor would like to call lawmakers into a special session, so changes can be made to our tax code to address a billion dollar shortfall. But Harris says he and his party are still in the dark.

 

The governor is proposing a reduction in tax breaks for businesses as a way to bridge the one-billion-dollar budget deficit.  But Harris says they should look at making more cuts in state spending first.

 

Governor Edwards told legislators last week he’s made 600-million-dollars in cuts in his first two years in office.  Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says it’s time for the legislature to “put up or shut up” and present a proposal on where additional cuts need to be made.

 

Dardenne says the Governor is ready to move forward on solving the fiscal cliff, but Republican legislators have yet to present a plan.