Fate of remaining tax proposals rests with House lawmakers
BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's special session on taxes enters its final week, only three tax bills remain in play for lawmakers considering ways to boost state revenue and lessen budget cuts next year.
All three await decisions in the House, where Republicans have shown a willingness to bottle up many of the tax proposals sought by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
In the 18-day special session, the House and Senate have sent to the governor's desk a package of tax bills that raise roughly $220 million for the financial year that begins July 1, largely through a tax hike on health care organizations known as HMOs.
Edwards said that's not enough money to stop significant cuts to health, education and public safety programs. He's seeking to reach at least $600 million.
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