Louisiana – Sales Tax Phase-Out Bill Edges Forward in Louisiana House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to phase out the centerpiece of a seven-year tax deal enacted last year to stabilize Louisiana‘s budget started moving Monday in the House, over the objections of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The House Ways and Means Committee advanced the measure by House Republican leader Lance Harris without objection. Harris argued two years of back-to-back surpluses suggest the Democratic governor and majority-GOP Legislature went too far in its passage of taxes and fees. He wants to scale down the 0.45% state sales tax passed last year.

“We might be extracting too much money out of the taxpayers’ pockets,” said Harris, of Alexandria. “It may be time to give taxpayers a little bit of relief.”

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by Melinda deslatte | Associated press
may 13, 2019