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Senate committee passes amendment to clean all 4 pennies, remove exemptions

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Louisiana lawmakers have a little more than a day to find compromise and fix the budget. 

The House will no longer be proposing any new legislation to raise taxes, which puts the ball in the Senate's court to fill the missing gap. A Senate committee took action Tuesday morning, altering a current bill in a big way.

The committee was discussing a House bill that removes exemptions from the sales tax that largely helped businesses with utilities, machinery and more.

The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee passed an amendment cleaning all four pennies, removing exemptions, thereby increasing the burden on those industries.

Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, proposed the amendment.

“When it's being told to people that business already shares their burden, they have quite a few tools at their disposal to lower that burden, whereas a single family do not,” Morrell said.

“6:00 is going to come tomorrow, whether they like it or not,” Rep. Jay Morris, R-Morehouse and Ouachita, said. “What gets done is anybody's guess. I think there'll be a meeting in the middle.”

Morris was the representative who first proposed the bill.

The one penny option struggled to get through the House. He is concerned the four penny option will fail to pass if brought back to the House in its current form.

The altered bill is expected to bring in just short of $100 million.

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