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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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.

Budget crunch: $60 million down, $840 million to go.

Jindal: Jay Dardenne found something positive to say about the previous administration during a recent budget hearing.

Budget: A Louisiana resident has jokingly set up an online donation page to contribute to the budget.

Higher ed hysteria: The Legislature is asking college and university leaders to chill out over the budget.

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

Demos 2016: Moon Landrieu is backing Hillary Clinton’s run for president:

LSU: An LSU student wants to run for the Baton Rouge Metro Council and legalize marijuana.

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.

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

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