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House raises sales tax by a penny; Senate must approve measure next

8 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Thursday, February 25 2016 Feb 25, 2016 February 25, 2016 6:49 PM February 25, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state house have approved a one-cent tax increase to help fill budget holes in two budgets: the current budget and next year's spending plan.

The tax proposal was passed 76-27, WBRZ political correspondent Mark Armstrong first reported on Twitter Thursday afternoon. The senate will likely approve the measures next.

The one-cent proposal expires in 18-months. 

The decision came after a lunch break. Thursday afternoon, lawmakers are deciding on taxes and government cuts.

Through some patchwork budget maneuvers, lawmakers appear to be able to fill all but $200 million of what is needed to close the gap for the current fiscal year.  There will be more discussion Friday. 

Follow Armstrong on Twitter for quick updates. He tweets using @TV_MarkA


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