Monday, 11 December, 2017

Louisiana gas tax hike sputters in House, shelved by sponsor

Louisiana's film tax credit program to continue, with a cap Louisiana gas tax hike sputters in House, shelved by sponsor
Melody Ballard | 03 June, 2017, 07:29

House Republican leaders suggested those were scare tactics, but senators - both Republican and Democrat - said they anxious about the impact of the House proposal.

Expecting pushback from House lawmakers, LaFleur defended the Senate approach: "This is a budget that has a great deal of austerity in it".

The bill, which doesn't apply to chronic conditions, heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk. "Should we come to an agreement on the operating and construction budgets, this special session will not be necessary".

"After hours of agency input and public testimony, the Senate Finance Committee has crafted an appropriate spending plan that better funds the state's priorities, such as children and family services, health care and TOPS, while also making meaningful cuts in state spending", said Gov. Edwards.

Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican who voted against the bill, and Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat who voted for it, applauded Shadoin for forcing the debate. The special session will run until midnight on June 19.

The Baton Rouge lawmaker blamed his bill's failure in part on the nationally-backed conservative group, Americans for Prosperity.

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Steve Carter announced that he won't pursue the tax bill in the remaining days of the legislative session that ends June 8, saying he couldn't gather the 70 votes needed in the House for the effort to raise hundreds of millions annually for road and bridge work.

The state is facing - what the governor calls - a $1.3 billion fiscal cliff.

"The budget in its current form, as passed by the House, is a nonstarter".

With frustrations over the House's lack of worthwhile tax reform mounting, Edwards urged legislators there is still time to address the state's budget crisis in an early morning notice released Wednesday. The revenue was meant to stabilize the budget which, at the time, was facing a $2 billion shortfall inherited from the previous administration.

John Milkovich (D-Shreveport) and carried on the House floor by Rep. Kenny Cox (D-Natchitoches), adds an additional layer of protection to prevent the sale of the dismembered bodies of babies after abortion.

"It's shame that we're controlled by people that live outside our state, that have probably never traveled our roads to experience our problems", said Carter.

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