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Governor's tax proposals presented to House lawmakers

8 months 1 week 3 days ago February 15, 2016 Feb 15, 2016 Monday, February 15 2016 February 15, 2016 6:44 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' revenue secretary has outlined the tax hikes the governor is proposing in a special legislative session to help stabilize Louisiana's finances.

Kimberly Robinson presented the list Monday to the House Ways and Means Committee, kicking off tax negotiations with lawmakers who have a short time to vet the ideas. The special session can last only 25 days.

Edwards is recommending increases to the state sales tax, to taxes charged on alcohol and cigarettes and to business taxes, among other items.

While Ways and Means started sifting through tax ideas, the House Appropriations Committee was hearing the worst-case scenario budget cuts the Edwards administration says could happen without raising new revenue.

The governor says deep reductions would hit public colleges and health care services without tax hikes.

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