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SARAH GAMARD/LSU MANSHIP SCHOOL NEWS SERVICE

The Louisiana House backed a proposal Thursday to begin rolling back the temporary sales tax extension that was the solution to last year’s budget deficit. That compromise took several special sessions to reach. 

Wallis Watkins

Facing a steep drop in state revenue last year, the Louisiana Legislature agreed to partially extend the state sales tax by .45% until 2025. But as the state’s finances have moved from deficit to surplus, some Republican lawmakers are reconsidering the temporary tax. 

SARAH GAMARD/LSU MANSHIP SCHOOL NEWS SERVICE

Louisiana’s legislature is about three weeks away from the start of a fiscal session. For two months, lawmakers will debate tax policies in the state.  Taking center stage could be a bill from Representative Tanner Magee (R-Houma). 

Wallis Watkins

2018 was a long year for Louisiana politics - with special sessions, a budget stalemate, elections, tariffs and more. We're looking back at some of the top stories of the past year.

SARAH GAMARD/LSU MANSHIP SCHOOL NEWS SERVICE

It took three special sessions for the Legislature to resolve the state’s fiscal cliff earlier this year. After months of deadlock, state lawmakers finally added slightly less than half a penny to the 4% sales tax rate in order to stave off a budget deficit. But in light of a budget surplus and the potential for increased revenue, some lawmakers are reconsidering that sales tax rate. 

Wallis Watkins

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling Thursday that threw a curveball into tax negotiations inside the Louisiana Capitol. 

Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service

Lawmakers continue to debate how many tenths of a penny should remain as part of the state's sales-tax rate. On Wednesday, a House committee advanced three options. 

Wallis Watkins

The House Appropriations committee spent the second day of a 10-day special session rehashing old budget debates. 

Wallis Watkins

As legislators approach the end of the special session, a Senate committee got its first crack at the session’s key bill Wednesday night.

Wallis Watkins

As the special session enters its second week, lawmakers still haven’t been able to agree on a way to raise revenue.

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