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The Mississippi River and the Louisiana Capitol at sunrise.

PROVIDED PHOTO BY RANDY ROUSSEL

Louisiana leaders ended another week Friday without a firm agreement on addressing the state's nearly $1 billion fiscal cliff.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and House Speaker Taylor Barras, a New Iberia Republican, are expected to meet again as early as Monday to continue discussions on shoring up the state's finances for the coming budget year.

Edwards and Barras have both said that they want the Legislature to meet in a special session in February to address the shortfall the state faces when temporary tax measures expire June 30.

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Edwards has proposed permanently eliminating some tax credit programs that have been temporarily halted, as well as a series of revenue-generating measures, including taxing some services and business utilities. 

House Republican leaders, meanwhile, have voiced support for a separate slate of measures that they say will help cut government spending: A user-friendly transparency website, new co-pays and work requirements for some Medicaid recipients and a lower government spending cap. 

The Legislature's regular session begins March 12, and lawmakers can't take up revenue-raising measures during the regular session this year that ends June 4. 

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