BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The Latest on Louisiana’s special session on taxes (all times local):
Louisiana lawmakers spent nearly half the year haggling over taxes to balance the budget that starts in a few days. Now, the deal is done.
Senators gave final passage Sunday to a sales tax renewal that will raise $463 million for the upcoming budget.
The Senate’s 33-6 vote was overwhelmingly in favor, and came without the days of bickering and frustration that marked House negotiations.
The bill heading to Gov. John Bel Edwards will renew 0.45 percent of an expiring 1 percent sales tax. The state sales tax rate would fall from 5 percent to 4.45 percent on July 1 and stay there until mid-2025.
The Democratic governor has praised the tax deal and will sign it into law.
The measure is sponsored by Baton Rouge Republican Paula Davis.
Louisiana’s third special legislative session this year is nearing an end, with a deal on track that will avert hefty cuts to public colleges, tuition aid and public safety programs.
Senators intend to give final passage Sunday afternoon to a sales tax renewal bill that will raise $463 million for the state operating budget that starts in July. That vote will send it to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is eagerly waiting to sign it into law.
All that remained was for the Senate and House to work out the spending plans for the new money, with the main dispute about how to account for any money that might come in above the forecast.
Still, legislative leaders hoped they could complete those negotiations and wrap up the session Sunday night.
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