Bid to rework Louisiana sales tax deal rejected by senators

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB) - Republican lawmakers seeking to rework or repeal a Louisiana sales tax compromise passed last year seem unlikely to gain traction for the ideas with the Senate tax committee.

The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee on Monday shot down the first proposal to reach debate.

The panel voted 5-3 against a measure by Shreveport Republican Sen. Barrow Peacock to steer some of the 0.45% sales tax approved in 2018 to road and bridge work in the future.

Democrats, who represent a majority on the committee, objected to taking any of the sales tax dollars from general government operations, saying last year's hard-fought compromise ended years of budget instability.

Other GOP proposals seeking to eliminate the 0.45% tax entirely would have to pass through the Senate committee.

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