Today is the deadline for Governor John Bel
Edwards to call a February special session to address the looming one billion
dollar budget hole resulting in the expiration of sales taxes. The governor
said he would not call the session without an agreement in principle on a
fiscal cliff deal, but LAPoltics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says the governor
is being pushed to call the session.
"If you talk to the governor's supporters, they're going to tell you that the governor... politically doesn't have a choice... that he needs to put the legislature on the line."
a revenue issue, the fiscal cliff can only be addressed in a special session.
Reports indicate the house GOP caucus may be
coming to consensus on a plan to address the budget gap. Alford says Republican
leaders may propose renewing a one cent sales tax that’s set to expire June 30th.
"There's a lot more talk these days about maybe like half a penny or a quarter of a penny to supplement the four cent state sales tax structure."
says that could be a tough sell, as Democratic lawmakers oppose any renewal of
the penny tax.
"The Back Caucus has really drawn a line in the sand... saying that they will not support a renewal of that one penny."
has one of the highest sales taxes in the nation.