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Louisiana lawmakers trying to reach tax deal for roadwork

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Lawmakers are continuing negotiations on ways to steer more tax money to roads and bridges.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 10:34 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers are continuing negotiations on ways to steer more tax money to roads and bridges, hoping to strike a deal before the legislative session wraps up Thursday.

Senate leaders are proposing to make a temporary 0.45% state sales tax permanent and send those dollars to infrastructure starting in 2025. But that idea faces significant opposition in the House. So, senators have started looking for other approaches that could bolster state spending on a $15 billion list of backlogged transportation needs.

Senators meeting in a rare Sunday debate session sent several bills that could be part of any eventual deal out of committee to the full Senate for debate.

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