Today in The Rundown: Senate Finance advances newest budget plan; Capital outlay bill also heading to Senate floor; TOPS changes loom; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 6

Days until the second special session begins: 6

Second special session’s end: 23

The News

Budget crunch: The Senate Finance Committee signed off on the latest version of the coming year’s budget on Monday. http://bit.ly/1Y0h5II

Capital outlay: The latest version of the construction projects budget also made it out of committee. http://bit.ly/1Y0h0on

Elections: The Louisiana Democratic Party is officially backing Congressman Cedric Richmond in his re-election bid. http://bit.ly/1sHRd8a

TOPS: Efforts are advancing at the Capitol that would significantly alter the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. http://bit.ly/1sHRk3E

Congress: Two Louisiana Republican congressmen are playing key roles — on opposite sides — in legislation aimed at addressing the looming $70 billion default by the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. http://bit.ly/1THF1vg

Gov. Edwards: The governor revealed at the recent LSU Law Center graduation that he’s still paying off student loans. http://bit.ly/1sHR7xp

Sales tax: The b udget task force is setting its sights on reforming Louisiana’s sales tax system. http://bit.ly/1sHRnMS

ICYMI: Gov. Edwards issued his call for a second special session, beginning 30 minutes after the regular session ends. http://bit.ly/1sHR9FI

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature: http://bit.ly/AdvLALege

Today at the Capitol

House comes in at 1 p.m., and the Senate convenes at 3 p.m.

House Committees

  • Transportation, Highways, and Public Works meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Appropriations meets at 11 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Finance meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.
  • Local and Municipal Affairs meets at 11 a.m. in Room F.
  • Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets at 11 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Education meets at 1 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Judiciary B meets at 2 p.m. in Room E.

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