YLEH: Lawmakers talk about progress for the second session

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BATON ROUGE, L.A.– State leaders still have unfinished business in the second special session going on right now, and legislators are desperately trying to come up with answers.  But for now, confusion reigns. 

On the line this special session – several state run programs, including the very popular TOPS and health care. Officials say cuts to those programs will be made on July 1st, and that’s if lawmakers choose not to fund those state services.

“My priorities for this year are the public/private hospitals, higher education, and K-12. I brought it knowing that no matter what arithmetic you use; it is still a 600 million shortfall,” said Robert Shadoin.

Lawmakers continue to grapple with how to fill the holes in the state’s deficit… Robert Shadoin
authored House bill 11, a piece of tax legislation that could generate lots of revenue, and he says it could be resurrected. 

“House bill 11 can still be alive it is just kind of like on life support right now. I think we can look at Rep. White’s bill to see if we can learn from what we experienced on HB 11.”

Shadoin says he understands taxes aren’t popular, but he also wants to see critical services funded. 

 “I dont want to vote any more taxes on the people of L.A. I understand that, but if you buy into the deal that for the previous eight years there were no tax increases, and we went into a billion dollar surplus in 2008.”

But he’s not sure whether or not lawmakers will completely close the gap. 

“I think the House has pretty much reached its limit on any further revenue measures except for maybe House bill 11 and or Rep. Whites bill whichever might try to resurface on the house floor, but the appetite for raising $600 million to fill the whole gap; I get this sense that the collective body is not going to get there,’ said Robert Shadoin.” If we get to the $300 to 400 million mark, I think that is all the water you can squeeze out of this bunch. That is just my trying to read in all the confusion that is going on.”

Now this legislative session has been one for the record books. It is the longest lawmakers have consecutively been at the state house.

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