Senate tax committee moves 1-cent state sales tax hike forward - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Senate tax committee moves 1-cent state sales tax hike forward

State Capitol (Source: WAFB) State Capitol (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana State Senate approved two measures Sunday to generate revenue for this year's budget. 

The Senate tax committee approved a one cent increase in the state sales tax and a change in the payment schedule for businesses to turn over the sales tax they collect. 

Before passing the sales tax hike, the committee changed the expiration date to five years from the 18 months proposed by the House.

Senate leaders say that while the sales tax hike helps, the House hasn't done enough to raise money to help with the budget shortfall. The House's proposal of tax hike and cuts still leaves this year's budget short between $150 million and $200 million. 

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