ANALYSIS: Amid budget crunch, La. lawmakers target tax breaks; But it won’t be a quick or easy financial fix

Senate President John Alario (left) and Revenue Estimating Conference Chair James Richardson discuss revenue projections Thursday. Photo by Samuel Carter Karlin.

By Samuel Carter Karlin

BATON ROUGE — As legislators deal with a $600 million shortfall for the fiscal year that starts July 1, many are looking toward a special session in June to raise revenue for state government services.

Some lawmakers are targeting tax breaks, and Gov. John Bel Edwards has indicated support for eliminating some of them.

But most exemptions, exclusions, rebates, credits and deductions wouldn’t save the state money for at least a year if the Legislature scrapped them.

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