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Today in The Rundown: Budget battles heat up; Obamacare fight rages; Gas tax supporters optimistic; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics with less than a week until the legislative session starts.

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The Countdown…

Days until the start of the legislative session: 6

Days until the session must end: 65

Days until election day: 193

The News

Taxes: A Houma state rep has proposed legislation that could lead to the consolidation of all sales tax collections and, he says, bring Louisiana in line with a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to broad taxation of the internet.

Budget: Appropriations hearings have begun and here's everything you need to know about the politics going into the process:

Obamacare: AG Jeff Landry is backing legislation he says will protect health care coverage for thousands of Louisiana residents if a lawsuit he's engaged in successfully overturns the federal Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid: Though Gov. John Bel Edwards previously said Louisiana would seek to impose work requirements on certain adult Medicaid recipients, his administration isn't pursuing such a mandate, backpedaling on an idea struck down in other states by a federal judge.

Gas tax: Despite steep odds, one of the leaders of a push to increase Louisiana's gasoline tax says winning legislative approval for the $940 million plan is feasible.

Saints: A Louisiana lawmaker wants I-10 across Louisiana to be renamed in honor of the New Orleans NFL team.

Education: Gov. John Bel Edwards' bid to boost teacher pay by $1,000 per year is winning wide support both inside and outside the Louisiana Legislature.

LALege: 7 issues to watch in the session that starts Monday.

New Orleans: For the second time in as many years, Louisiana voters could be asked to amend the state's constitution to provide property tax relief. But this time around, the tax break would apply only to people in New Orleans.

ICYMI: Some convicted felons got their first chance to vote in decades this weekend, thanks to a new voting restoration law.

St. George: The vote over whether there should be a separate city in unincorporated Baton Rouge will take place this fall.

Happening today

At the Capitol

  • House Appropriations meets at 9 a.m.
  • Public Recreation Access Task Force meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.
  • Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.
  • Legislative Audit Advisory Council meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 6.

Gov's Schedule

  • 9 a.m. Announcement at CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence in Monroe.

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