House breaks stalemate, advances sales tax bill

House breaks stalemate, advances sales tax bill
Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On a second try, the Louisiana House agreed to a more than $360 million sales tax proposal aimed at helping bridge budget gaps.

Lawmakers voted 76-26 for the tax bill, sponsored by House GOP leader Lance Harris. It required 70 votes.

Monday's vote broke through a House logjam on taxes that cratered a February special session. Bill support came from Republicans and Democrats, sending the measure to the Senate.

Harris' bill would renew one-third of an expiring 1 percent sales tax and eliminate or lessen some sales tax breaks - until 2023.

The bill raises less money than Gov. John Bel Edwards wants. But his administration and lawmakers who want a higher sales tax rate urged passage, to continue negotiations as the June 4 session deadline edges closer.

The new budget year begins July 1.

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