Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement upon receipt of a letter from House Speaker Taylor Barras:
"I appreciate the Speaker submitting these ideas. I look forward to seeing the full details, including fiscal notes and bill language.  Once the Speaker offers his plan to address the fiscal cliff, we can begin negotiations.  While none of these measures accomplish that, I view them as a positive development in our ongoing discussions.  I remain confident that we can come to an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff that will include responsible reforms that will allow us to fund the type of government the people of Louisiana deserve in the most efficient way possible."