Effort to raise another $88M for budget shelved
BATON ROUGE - Senate President John Alario has given up on trying to raise another $88 million for next year's budget, saying the House won't go along with the plans.
The proposal would have reduced personal income tax deductions for people who itemize on their state forms. The House rejected the proposal earlier in the week. Alario and Gov. John Bel Edwards tried unsuccessfully to revive it.
But by Thursday morning, on the final day of the special legislative session, Alario acknowledged the proposal couldn't win support in the House even if the Senate passed it.
House Speaker Taylor Barras and other Republican leaders in the House opposed the income tax proposal.
The session must end by midnight. The main outstanding issue involves deciding how to spend the $250 million-plus raised by lawmakers.