This Week in Louisiana Politics

Republican Senator Sharon Hewitt talks about the budget with Fred Childers

Many lawmakers spoke out on the Governor's proposed plan to fix the budget shortfall, specifically the 600 million dollars in cuts he offered.

Republican Senator Sharon Hewitt has been a very vocal critic. 

Republicans favor a plan that includes spending less, while Governor Edwards wants to replace a temporary tax set to expire this July. 

Before calling a special session Governor Edwards wanted assurances from the republican leadership that they would have an agreement in principle, and met with several of those leaders to work out differences. 

Last week 14 state senators, some Democrat, some Republican, cosigned a letter that urged the Governor to call a special session after Margi Gras.

On This Week in Louisiana Politics we asked Senator Sharon Hewitt if she was involved in that effort. 
"I was not, that was signed by 14 of my colleagues in a 39 member senate, not a majority of the Senate, it was signed by Republicans and Democrats, it's just strictly a difference in philosophy. We can't get solid numbers from the administration, we don't yet know what the deficit is," said Senator Hewitt. 

Watch her entire interivew which aired on This Week in Louisiana Politics on Sunday. 

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