Edwards administration trying to change GOP minds on taxes
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is trying to revive its stalled tax proposals in the House, hoping to flip votes by focusing on the cuts proposed for next year's budget.
Administration leaders Friday emphasized the threat of slashing to health, education and public safety programs. They say deep reductions will be required if lawmakers only agree to the $220 million in tax bills supported by the House, rather than the $600 million sought by the governor for the financial year that begins July 1.
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said the tax increases backed by the House "in no way gets us to a point where we can adequately fund" health and education services.
The Ways and Means Committee has bottled up several tax measures sought by the Democratic governor.
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