House breaks stalemate, advances sales tax bill
BATON ROUGE (AP) - On a second try, the Louisiana House agreed to a more than $360 million sales tax proposal aimed at helping bridge budget gaps.
Lawmakers voted 76-26 for the tax bill, sponsored by House GOP leader Lance Harris. It required 70 votes.
Monday's vote broke through a House logjam on taxes that cratered a February special session. Bill support came from Republicans and Democrats, sending the measure to the Senate.
Harris' bill would renew one-third of an expiring 1 percent sales tax and eliminate or lessen some sales tax breaks - until 2023.
The bill raises less money than Gov. John Bel Edwards wants. But his administration and lawmakers who want a higher sales tax rate urged passage, to continue negotiations as the June 4 session deadline edges closer.
The new budget year begins July 1.
Louisiana lawmakers are meeting Memorial Day in their special session, trying to reach a tax deal to fill a budget gap.
The financial year begins July 1, with more than $1 billion in temporary taxes expiring. Gov. John Bel Edwards wants $648 million replaced, to avoid steep cuts to health, education and public safety programs.
The House, where most tax bills must start, will consider taxes Monday afternoon. A sales tax bill failed Friday.
Lawmakers are questioning whether they can strike a tax compromise and craft next year's budget before the session ends June 4.
Edwards vetoed a $28.5 billion budget he said cut too deeply, expecting lawmakers to write a larger spending plan during the special session. But Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry hasn't yet introduced a budget bill.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
54-year-old man killed during robbery; BRPD investigating 5th Friday homicide
Officials urge everyone to get vaccinated while some still have doubt
Mayor: No decision yet on changes to Baton Rouge Mardi Gras in...
Protesters rally at LSU over university's alleged mishandling of sexual assault claims
Lines form at EBR polling locations as early voting for Dec. 5...
Catholic freshman Daniel Beale has been thrown into super stardom thanks to...
Can Jameis Winston lead this Saints offense?; Fantasy Focus Week 11 with...
Fans' Choice Award Winner 2020: Week 7 - Baylor Langlois
Clay Polk is Central football's master of mystery
Late defensive stands and timely passing give Catholic 27-21 win over Acadiana