Slashing the deficit
BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - The top goal of this Legislative Session is to reduce the $1.6 billion deficit.
Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle say they are working to find ways to get the job done. One republican lawmaker tells FOX 44 News Baton Rouge his proposals will slash millions, and not raise taxes.
Representative Mert Smiley wants to create a tax court. He says it'll speed up the process to get money in that's owed to the State. Smiley says the court would only cost $1 million to start up - and bring millions in.
He says the next step is to slash the number of commissions. He says the commissions don't serve much of a purpose, there are too many, and they're expensive. Smiley has 22 on the chopping block.
We tried to get a comment on Smiley's proposals from the Louisiana Democratic Party. They say they're still looking over the bills, and don't want to make a comment until that review is complete.