State lawmakers return to Baton Rouge next week for the annual legislative session, and fixing the state budget, as usual, tops the list.

That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Sometimes a new idea sounds like a stroke of genius. Other times, it sounds crazy.

Governor John Bel Edwards’s proposal for a gross receipts tax on businesses is definitely “outside the box” for Louisiana. Only four other states impose that tax.

Many business interests already oppose Edwards’s idea. He says he’s open to compromise, but time is short. Other parts of the governor’s plan to fix the state budget come right out of the fiscal reform playbook.

Between now and June, Edwards and lawmakers will either find common ground and stabilize the state budget, or they’ll kick the can down the road, again. That idea isn’t new at all, and we all know it doesn’t work.