Today in The Rundown: Revenue Estimating Conference meets today; Politicians send Mardi Gras wishes; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the special session: 4

Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 24

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 33

The News

Budget crunch: A panel of revenue experts will likely lower its already grim expectations for Louisiana’s budget during a meeting Wednesday morning. Check with TheAdvocate.com for the latest from the Revenue Estimating Conference meeting today.

Education: Louisiana is one of 30 states that was given a “D” for its support of public schools in a survey led by an education overhaul critic. http://bit.ly/1o1rpCv

Mardi Gras: Several Louisiana politicians sent happy Fat Tuesday messages to their social media followers. http://bit.ly/1PB44y1

GOP 2016: Donald Trump, who won the Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire Tuesday night, will be in Baton Rouge on Thursday. Ticket details: http://bit.ly/1K8wJxG

OMV: Louisiana’s Office of Motor Vehicles has raked in $22.5 million of the projected $444 million owed to the agency by residents with lapsed auto insurance, but a new batch of drivers are irate over fines that have now become the target of the state’s aggressive debt collection department. http://bit.ly/1K8wLpa

Happenings

Revenue Estimating Conference meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5 at the State Capitol. View the agenda and watch online here. Follow along via TheAdvocate.com and @elizabethcrisp.

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