Louisiana special session continues

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The Louisiana special session is slowly coming to a close. Lawmakers have been in a deadlock for weeks over how to address the state’s projected 1 billion dollar fiscal cliff.

House lawmakers have again refused a sales tax bill, which has been considered a key to closing the looming budget gap. 

News 10 spoke to state representative Terry Landry, who says he wants his colleagues to put the people of Louisiana first when moving forward with the session, “We should be carrying out those policies that are best for you and your children and for the state. Not for partisan politics, not for corporations outside of Louisiana, or for party bosses in Washington D.C. or wherever they are.”

The session started a week ago and lawmakers weren’t able to reach an agreement this Sunday night– the house adjourned until Monday.

But Landry says this should have been taken care of earlier. He tells News 10 that when the penny sales tax was passed two years ago, they knew once it came to an end, they’d be faced with the issue at hand now.

Sunday’s debate was on a proposal that would renew part of a 1% sales tax and eliminate some sales tax breaks temporarily, raising $290 million annually. Only 33 of 104 representatives supported the vote, but it needed 70 votes to pass.

The session, which costs an estimated $50,000 to $60,000 a day, will pick back up this Monday.

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