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Special session ends without budget deal

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Baton Rouge -

The special legislative session called to find solutions to the state's looming budget gap is over.

Valerie Ponseti reports from the Capitol that the House adjourned sine die after asking for and receiving permission from the Senate to do so.

House members had been at a stalemate for virtually the entire two-week session.  House members failed to broker a deal on what taxes to implement to fill the state's nearly billion-dollar budget hole before the June 30 deadline.

Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to call another special session.  That session would begin after the upcoming regular session ends on June 4.

House Democratic Vice Chair Sam Jenkins (D-Shreveport) issued the following statement after the Legislature adjourned Sine Die, ending the special legislative session without a solution for the coming fiscal year's $1.2 billion budget shortfall:  
 

Today, we led an effort to say 'no' to partisan politics that hurt Louisiana families. Our colleagues in the House were unwilling to hear a full package of bills needed to address our budget deficit in a bipartisan manner. There were many distractions during this special session. The truth is, the solutions that came to the House Floor would have asked most Louisiana families to pay about $40 a year in order to cover cuts to life-saving healthcare services for our most vulnerable citizens, save TOPS and preserve services to disabled and abused children. We will continue to stand up for what is right, led by the courage of our convictions, while unapologetically championing the cause of Louisiana's small businesses and our resilient people. The people's House has upcoming opportunities to come back and do the right thing. I know we can.

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