Today in The Rundown: Special session continues; legislators strike back against budget “hysteria;” a big name is backing Hillary; and more.

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Countdown…

Today is the third day of the special session.

Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 17

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 26

The News

Taxes: Cigarettes, beer and sales taxes: Edwards administration starts spelling out tax proposals. http://bit.ly/246q6T9

Budget crunch: $60 million down, $840 million to go. http://bit.ly/246pfBE

Jindal: Jay Dardenne found something positive to say about the previous administration during a recent budget hearing. http://bit.ly/246oSHj

Budget: A Louisiana resident has jokingly set up an online donation page to contribute to the budget. http://bit.ly/1ol8z9u

Higher ed hysteria: The Legislature is asking college and university leaders to chill out over the budget. http://bit.ly/2462JJm

Audit: Under the Jindal administration, the state’s borrowing practices have lead to more money owed and a loss of borrowing capacity. http://bit.ly/246qUY3

Demos 2016: Moon Landrieu is backing Hillary Clinton’s run for president: http://bit.ly/246oQPR

LSU: An LSU student wants to run for the Baton Rouge Metro Council and legalize marijuana. http://bit.ly/1QheIQb

Higher Ed: No, Nicholls State isn’t closing. The equivalent of a temporary two-week closure is one of a few options for surviving the budget crisis. http://bit.ly/1ojSzEy

Today at the Capitol

  • House Appropriations meets at 9 a.m in Room 5
  • House Ways and Means meets at 2 p.m. in Room 6
  • Senate Finance meets at 1 p.m. in Room A-B

To see agendas or watch online visit: http://bit.ly/LALegeInfo

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