Louisiana is quickly approaching a so-called fiscal cliff. The state sales tax, currently at five percent, is set to drop to four percent next month.
The question of how much of that expiring tax to renew has created most of the gridlock that the state legislature can't seem to overcome.
A June 30 deadline looms for legislators to come up with a solution to the problem, or many state programs would face drastic funding cuts.
TOPS is at risk of being cut by 30% and more than $90 million could be ripped from higher education budgets, according to lawmakers. District attorneys offices, correctional facilities, K-12 education, and public safety programs would also all face damaging cuts.