Democrats and Republicans are bickering over a nearly $30 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says he needs about $440 million more if lawmakers want to keep next year’s services at the same level as this year. Leaders of the Republican majority in the House counter that the budget is pretty much balanced now, and that Edwards is just adding frills.
Hovering over this debate is a $1.3 billion deficit expected for the next fiscal year that begins July 1, 2018 when temporary taxes expire.
Legislators are considering a variety of tax increases and the eliminations of various tax breaks to address both this year’s budget and next year’s.
Let’s say you are a member of the state Legislature or you are the governor. What combination of taxes and services would you choose? How would you solve the budget?
This interactive budget survey takes only a few minutes for you to make your selections. What we most want to know is what you think about taxes and spending. Later, we will publicly report the results of thousands of people like you.
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