Governor Surprises House GOP Retreat

Members of the House Republican Delegation gathered in New Orleans today for a policy retreat, but they haven't been meeting alone. Gov. John Bel Edwards made a surprise visit to the retreat this morning, where he addressed conservative lawmakers and fielded questions from a few of them.

Those in attendance said the governor expressed support for the recommendations made by a tax and budget task force last year, but also said he would be "very flexible" on putting a plan together with lawmakers.

Edwards also told the audience he would not support extending the life of the temporary fifth penny of state sales tax — unless it's needed as a bridge to budget and tax reforms.

The administration and Legislature are facing a $1 billion fiscal cliff at the end of the current fiscal year, when temporary taxes expire, and solutions have been difficult to come by.

For Edwards, politically, the visit provides him another opportunity, in the future, to point out that he met with the same Republicans who have been blocking his centerpiece fiscal proposals.

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