Louisiana House votes down sales tax hike for road work
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have rejected a 1-cent sales-tax hike that would pay for improvements to Louisiana's crumbling roads.
Because the proposal by Rep. Karen St. Germain would increase taxes, it needed support from two-thirds of lawmakers. The House voted 52-42 for the bill, far short of the 70 votes it required to pass.
St. Germain said the state has delayed its road needs: "We've kicked the can down the road so long that we're still digging it out of a pothole."
After the vote, the Democrat from Pierre Part decided not to take up a separate road construction proposal that would raise the state gasoline tax by 10 cents.
The proposals would have raised $1 billion next year.
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