By Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press
After three special sessions and a boost from congressional action, Louisiana lawmakers used a mix of fixes to balance the state budget that begins in July.
The shortfall tied to expiring taxes passed by lawmakers in 2015 and 2016 initially was pegged at nearly $1 billion earlier this year. The gap was closed with better-than-expected income projections, taxes and oil spill recovery money. The centerpiece of the budget-balancing package was a sales tax that won final passage Sunday.
Here's how the budget was balanced: