Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a one-page notice officially calling the Louisiana Legislature into a special session this month to address a $304 million shortfall in the state budget.
The governor had said last week that he planned to call the budget-cutting special session, which is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 and end at midnight Feb. 22.
The official order, which came out Friday afternoon, doesn't offer lawmakers an opportunity to raise taxes, though it does include the option of increasing some fees and pulling money from the state's reserves, in addition to cuts.
Edwards, a Democrat, wants the GOP-controlled Legislature to pull $119 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to lessen the mid-year blow to state agencies' budgets.
Some members of the Legislature have criticized that plan, saying that they think more of the shortfall should be addressed through cuts.
Edwards is expected to unveil his entire plan for the $304 million deficit on Monday.
Edwards said he hopes to spare K-12 education, colleges and universities, social services and prisons. The cuts won't come easily, he warned legislators last week.
"They're going to be deep and they're going to be painful," he said.
The special session will be the third Edwards has called to address the budget since taking office in January 2016.
A special session typically costs the state about $50,000 a day, based on legislative estimates.
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