Once powerful over Louisiana’s budget, Grover Norquist chimes in _lowres

American for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist was last year referred to asthe “single most influential person in the entire state of Louisiana” because of the power he wielded over then-Gov. Bobby Jindal’s approach to taxes.

But Republican Jindal left office Jan. 11, and now Norquist is dispensing his opinions on the Louisiana budget picture 140 characters at a time via Twitter — rather than getting direct calls from the governor’s office for his blessing.

As the Louisiana Legislature heads to the final hours of a special session that must end by 6 p.m. Wednesday, lawmakers remain largely at an impasse over the best approach to closing the $900 million budget shortfall in the current year and $2 billion shortfall in the budget that begins July 1.

But — no surprise — Norquist, who is known nationally for his anti-tax stance and the anti-tax pledge that his organization has lawmakers sign (and that largely dictated Jindal’s approach to budgeting), says taxing isn’t the solution.

Norquist fired off a series of tweets Monday night, critical of now Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Louisiana government as a whole.

The Louisiana House quickly passed a bill early in the special session that would kill a faux tax credit that the Legislature passed last year to prevent Jindal from vetoing several budget measures.

The Student Assessment for a Valuable Education Act repeal hasn’t yet passed the Senate.

During the House discussion of the repeal, Rep. Chris Broadwater, who sponsored the bill that created the phantom fee on college students and corresponding credit, was asked whether “Grover” had approved of the move.