Sales Taxes The Focus In Louisiana's Next Special Session


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is backing a plan for the special session starting Tuesday that favors sales taxes to fill Louisiana's budget gap.

The Democratic governor is supporting renewal of up to half the 1 percent sales tax that expires in six weeks. He's also proposing to permanently get rid of some sales tax breaks and continue charging sales taxes on business utilities.

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But Edwards also says he's open to other ideas, and he's included a long list of tax options in the parameters for the budget-balancing session.

He wants to raise $648 million for the budget year that begins July 1.

The question is whether the House will break through its partisan gridlock in the upcoming 14-day session after a February special session on taxes cratered.

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