BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards said this morning he will call a special legislative session to slash a mid-year budget shortfall.

Gov. Edwards told the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget he will likely summon lawmakers to the State Capitol between February 13 and February 23.

The governor wants lawmakers to hammer out a $304 million gap in the budget for the fiscal year which ends June 30.

He said he will not propose new taxes or fees, and leave “rainy day” funds off the table.

Gov. Edwards want to spread the cuts to avoid further slashes to healthcare and higher education, the two traditional targets for the state budget axe.

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