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Fri Feb 23, 2018, 05:59 AM

Louisiana House makes progress toward tax compromise

Gov. John Bel Edwards and factions in the Louisiana House made some progress toward a deal on taxes after several proposals backed by the House Republican leadership went nowhere this week.

After delaying deliberations on the House floor for nearly three hours Thursday night (Feb. 22), House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, announced that House would meet on Sunday afternoon to try and move legislation again. Five tax bills will come before the House Ways and Means Committee for consideration. Two Medicaid restrictions will go before the Health and Welfare Committee again.

Some of the bills will run in the same format for a second time Sunday after failing to gain traction earlier this week. Other bills -- including a crucial bill on getting rid of an income tax deduction for wealthier people -- are expected to be reworked before they are introduced again Sunday.

The governor, House Democrats and House Republicans have also agreed to drop certain proposals that they initially floated as part of a solution to Louisiana's budget crisis.

Read more: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/02/louisiana_house_tax_compromise.html

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