Louisiana House lawmakers end stalemate, advance tax bills

Louisiana House lawmakers end stalemate, advance tax bills

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have broken through their gridlock, reviving tax bills that had stalled the special session and averting collapse of talks to plug a nearly $1 billion budget gap.

The Ways and Means Committee advanced a sales tax bill favored by House GOP leaders and an income tax bill sought by Democrats. They are continuing work to broker a deal to lessen the shortfall.

A bill sent on a 12-5 vote to the House floor Sunday would temporarily renew one-quarter of an expiring 1 percent sales tax and temporarily eliminate some sales tax breaks.

A separate 10-7 vote advanced a proposal cutting tax breaks for middle- and upper-income taxpayers who itemize deductions on tax returns.

It's unclear if the measures can win support from the full House.

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