NEW ORLEANS- After two weeks in a special session, legislators made no progress in addressing the State's massive budget deficit.
The inaction throws many state programs in limbo.
"Simply put, the failure of this special session is a result of a total lack of leadership, inaction in the House of Representatives," Governor John Bel Edwards said.
Governor Edwards delivered strong words during a press conference Monday afternoon after House lawmakers refused to compromise on closing the state's budget gap.
"We better change," Governor Edwards said. " We better get serious."
Legislators gathered for two weeks, trying to figure out how to replace revenue the state will lose when $1.3 billion in temporary tax measures expire in June.
"Maintaining $994 million would fix the cliff, even though $1.38 billion of revenue would expire," Governor Edwards said.
But House Democrats and Republicans failed to see eye to eye.
"I think you've seen a complete breakdown of communication. Of trust, and respect," Rep. Julie Stokes said.
"We came here to do the people's work and things haven't been going the way they should be going," Rep. Rodney Lyons said.
Not reaching a deal puts major programs and industries throughout the state, in a state of uncertainty, including the TOPS tuition program.
"You know we have high school seniors right now debating where they're going to go to college next year. They don't know. They can't know what portion of the TOPS might be funded, if they're eligible for TOPS," Governor Edwards said.
WWL-TV Political Analyst Clancy DuBos says the inaction could have a ripple affect in the future.
"Healthcare and hospitals are once again on the chopping block. I don't think they're ultimately going to get cut but what's going to happen now is it's going to push another special session to the floor, sometime in May or June and they're going to push this right up to the brink," DuBos said.
Right up to the brink, leaving many people once again feeling stressed about the future.
"When they (lawmakers) finally do act, they're gonna act like they got something done...when in fact they've thrown everybody under the bus because it's going to give public universities and colleges and public hospitals less than a month to prepare to do whatever has to be done," DuBos said.
The next budget cycle begins July 1st.