BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It was Deju Vu Monday at the State Capitol. State representatives had another day of slow progress toward closing the massive deficit, and time is not on their side.
Like Monday, they started late and did a lot of talking out of the public eye. But even slower than Monday's work, lawmakers advanced zero measures to raise new money.
Leaders are reiterating what we heard them say Monday - bare with them, bare with the authors of these bills as the right language is applied to both rally enough votes and satisfy the lobbyists here at the Capitol.
For another day, lawmakers passed up on voting for two measures that would immediately bring in tens of millions of dollars to put toward the $940 million shortfall
"The two bills that a lot of people are looking at right now are tobacco and alcohol because they have direct impacts right now for this fiscal year. Unfortunately, we don't have the votes together to get those through," said Representative Helena Moreno (D) New Orleans.
The cigarette and the alcohol tax bills are rescheduled for a vote Wednesday. Wednesday is a big day, March 2 marks exactly one week until lawmakers will close the special session.