BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s failed special session on taxes, which didn’t raise any money to help close a state budget gap, cost taxpayers nearly $643,000.
Information provided by the House and Senate to NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune showed the 15-day session, held from Feb. 19 through March 5, cost $42,865 per day.
The spending was less than the range of $50,000 to $60,000 per day that is usual for special sessions. That could be because the House could not reach a consensus on taxes, leaving the Senate few reasons to meet.
Nearly all tax measures must start in the House.
According to the records, the House spent $451,620 on the session and the Senate $191,349.
Much of the money covered compensation for lawmakers. The state paid $324,879 to legislators for per diem and mileage.