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Edwards: Anti-tax lawmakers should detail $1B-plus in cuts

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By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards says lawmakers who don't want to replace more than $1 billion in expiring taxes should detail how they intend to cut that amount of state spending.

The Democratic governor made his comments Thursday to Together Louisiana, a group of faith-based and community leaders, as he urged members to push for the taxes to be replaced.

Edwards didn't name names. But his words were aimed at House Republicans who have blocked previous tax packages to offset the June 30th tax expiration.

While House GOP leaders have proposed to lessen state spending, no one has offered a specific proposal for cutting more than $1 billion from Louisiana's operating budget.

Edwards said: "Saying no to everything, but not having your own proposal to make is part of the problem."

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