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Acadiana legislators prepping for 2017 budget overhaul

Photo courtesy of The Advocate (Brad Bowie)

It was quite an experience for two of Acadiana's newest lawmakers, who were thrust into a budget crisis in early 2016 that took 19 weeks at the state Capitol to fix — temporarily.

New House members Jean-Paul Coussan and Blake Miguez, both Republicans, are now preparing for 2017. Next spring the legislators and their colleagues will consider politically unpopular moves such as income tax increases and permanently doing away with some corporate and sales tax exemptions, measures that could stabilize a budget propped up currently by temporary fixes...

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