Sales tax 'cleanup' bills to be delayed by Louisiana Senate
BATON ROUGE - Senators intend to stall efforts to clean up sales taxes unintentionally charged on items like school lunches and Girl Scout cookies, until House lawmakers agree to more taxes for next year's budget than they've supported so far.
Sales tax increases passed in the chaotic final moments of a special session earlier this year swept in items that weren't meant to be taxed. In the current tax session, the governor proposed to remove those taxes.
The House agreed to reverse those unintended sales tax hikes last week, along with $220 million-plus in additional tax increases to fill budget gaps.
The chairman of the Senate tax committee, Democrat J.P. Morrell of New Orleans, said Monday he doesn't intend to advance the cleanup measures until the House sends over more tax bill options.