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Gov. John Bel Edwards told a news conference in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 5, 2018, that he would call another special session after the Louisiana Legislature adjourned without approving any major revenue-raising measures.

In Baton Rouge, state lawmakers continue working hard to solve difficult budget challenges that endanger Louisiana’s health and economic well-being. While these decisions are not easy, know that Louisiana’s citizens have done the math and understand the small difference between 1/3 and 1/2 of a penny. They also understand that cutting health care, education and other vital services would harm everyone in Louisiana in every demographic. For our future, all of our futures, the cost would be devastating.

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To thrive, Louisiana’s businesses need predictability and clarity from our policymakers. These assurances would bring investment, growth and opportunities for our families. Conversely, ongoing instability and uncertainty will continue to jeopardize the capacity of our businesses and our citizens to reach their future potential or cause them to seek their potential elsewhere.

Our lawmakers have a unique opportunity in front of them. They can lower taxes and create future predictability while protecting vital services and education. We ask them to take this opportunity to reflect on the priorities of Louisiana’s citizens and businesses and come together for our collective future success.

Paul Salles

president and CEO, Louisiana Hospital Association

Baton Rouge