At the state capitol, another special session began late Monday afternoon.
It is the fifth called by democratic Governor John Bel Edwards since taking office in 2016 to deal with ongoing budget crises.
"That I truly hope turns out to be special for the people of Louisiana where finally we will put these budget problems to rest once and for all,” said Gov. Edwards during a morning stop in New Orleans before heading back to the State Capitol.
"I'm optimistic but look we've been to this movie before and seen what's happened in the past,” said Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans.
He said the republican controlled legislature and the democratic see things differently politically and progress has been affected, as a result.
"The problem here is that you have a governor and the legislature who because they are of different political parties have significantly different philosophies on spending, on budgeting, on deficits,” said Dr. Collins.
Collins was asked who he thinks has the most at stake if the budget crisis is not resolved after so many special sessions.
"The governor stands to lose the most simply because people focus on the governor and they expect him to get the job done regardless of who’s in the legislature,” Dr. Collins stated.
"There are some things that some folks are pushing that are not real solutions like some of these Medicaid issues that don't really affect our budget in fact they can inflate it,” Rep. Moreno said.
Prior to the start of the special session, Edwards made public his proposals for avoiding the fiscal cliff when a billion dollars in temporary taxes expire.
And Dr. Collins said it does not help that Louisiana's ongoing budget problems and the lack of resolution despite back to back special sessions are getting a lot of national attention.
"Several national publications have run stories about the unusual number of special sessions that the state of Louisiana has called, so it makes us look bad nationally,” said Dr. Collins.