Governor John Bel Edwards is calling on state lawmakers to put party politics aside to fix our budget crisis. If the legislature can not come to an agreement on the budget, a series of temporary taxes will expire and cuts would have to be made to balance the budget.

Edwards says he would be forced to make cuts to TOPS, higher ed and health care.

Edwards says the goal is to fix our fiscal cliff in a way that "promotes fairness in our tax structure but also has stability and predictability going forward." Edwards says the fiscal cliff is $994 million dollars

The Governor adds;

"The way the Legislature approached this issue in 2016 was to do temporary revenue measures. And along with those revenue measures, we've also made significant cuts during the time I've been Governor."

The House Ways and Means Committee will begin the discussions today on measures to address the fiscal cliff.