Today in The Rundown: Senate agrees to sales tax hike; David Duke says he’s won’t attend Trump’s New Orleans rally; another Republican enters the U.S. Senate race; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the end of the special session: 7

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 12

Days until Louisiana’s presidential primary: 3

The News

Budget crunch: The state Senate has approved the sales tax, now leaders have to hash out an agreement between the two chambers. http://bit.ly/1T6YjON

TOPS: A little-known factor in the TOPS funding shortfall is that for-profit schools won’t lose out on funding like public schools and other private colleges will. http://bit.ly/1T6Yk52

Trump: David Duke says he doesn’t plan to attend Donald Trump’s rally in New Orleans on Friday. http://bit.ly/1T6YycA

Schools: A key aide to Gov. Edwards says revamping Louisiana’s voucher program will be one of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ education priorities. http://bit.ly/21AU3f7

LA Senate: Joseph Cao has made his Senate race official. http://bit.ly/1oNIUG9

Today at the Capitol

The House convenes at 2 p.m., and the Senate comes in at 4 p.m.

House Committees

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 9 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Ways and Means meets at 1:30 pm in Room 6.
  • Select Committee on Women and Children meets at 10 a.m. in Room F.
  • Finance meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room A-B.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards will participate in the National Education Association’s Read Across America program by reading Dr. Seuss books to students at Cedarcrest Southmoor Elementary School in Baton Rouge this morning.

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