BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The House voted against a bill Friday that would have increased the excise tax on certain alcoholic beverages.
HB 27, which was authored by Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, was six votes short of the 70 votes necessary. The bill received 64 yeas and 33 nays.
The bill failed to pass even with amendment that lowered the tax amount. Originally, the tax would have brought in $9 million before the end of the fiscal year and a projected $27 million next year.
With the amendment added by Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, the tax would have instead contributed $6.7 million to the current fiscal year's budget shortfall and brought in an estimated $25 million next year.
In a press conference late Friday morning, Governor Edwards re-enforced the idea that his proposed alcohol tax would not cause a major increase in costs to consumers, saying the tax would equate to "three quarters of a penny on a can of beer."
Taxes on most types of alcohol have not been raised since the 1940s.