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Attempts to reach compromise halts

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Attempts to reach compromise halts
BATON ROUGE — Another day, another standstill in the Louisiana Legislature as a potential compromise on tax issues between Democrats and Republicans dissolved in the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday morning, leading to the deferral of more than half of the proposed bills. A solution to the state’s fiscal crisis seemed more possible early in the day than in the four previous special sessions over the last two years when members of the Legislative Black Caucus and Republican leaders talk...
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Legislators reluctant to commit to revenue-raising measures
BATON ROUGE — Discussion heated up at Tuesday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing, as legislators expressed frustration over the inability of their colleagues to reach an agreement on how to deal with the state’s projected $1 billion budget shortfall. While the lawmakers agreed that revenue-raising measures are necessary to lower the deficit, many were reluctant about to publicly offer tax proposals, including their own. Republicans and Democrats said that while they did not want to rais...
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Committee approves spending caps

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BATON ROUGE — A proposal to seek a constitutional amendment to make the state spending cap more restrictive by changing the way it is calculated was approved Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee. The bill will move to the House floor and will require a two-thirds vote in both chambers before being presented to voters.
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Tax options talk begins Monday

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BATON ROUGE — Do you want the state to take a small part of your federal tax cut savings to help solve its budget problems? Right now, that will happen automatically for many Louisiana residents as the federal tax cuts lower the value of the deductions they can take on their state returns. And as the Legislature heads into a special fiscal session on Monday, it is one of the only possible aids to closing a $1 billion budget gap that both Democrats and Republicans seem happy to accept.
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Police Jury to meet with heavy haulers about roads

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Police Jury to meet with heavy haulers about roads
The Red River Parish Police Jury will meet with company representatives and contractors of heavy haulers about paying for the repair of damaged roads. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23 on the third floor of of the Red River Parish Courthouse in the Police Jury assembly room.
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Edwards to put popularity on line to oppose GOP on budget gap
BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards will have to put his personal popularity on the line to rally support for his proposals to close a $1 billion state budget gap if he continues to face resistance from Republican lawmakers, political strategists say.
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