Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks during the Louisiana Resilient Recovery Kickoff Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the LITE Center in Lafayette, La.

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK

As he tries to find support for a tax plan, Gov. John Bel Edwards described himself as "almost agnostic" about which approach Louisiana should take, as long as it gives the state long-term financial stability.

Edwards is looking for a tax package that the majority-Republican Legislature, particularly the more conservative House, could support to close a looming $1 billion-plus budget gap that hits in mid-2018 when temporary sales taxes expire.

To fill the shortfall, the Democratic governor told a Baton Rouge luncheon crowd Wednesday that he'd support any mix of ideas for a tax overhaul recommended by the nonpartisan study group created last year by lawmakers.

He added, however, that a good place to begin would be to lessen the number of tax breaks that Louisiana has on the books.