Now that fiscal cliff is solved, attention turns to 2019 governor's race
Posted on 7/2/2018 7:41:00 AM.
Now that the state has found a solution to the fiscal cliff with the passage of a sales tax bill, the focus in state politics will turn towards next year's governor's race. GOP House Chairman Lance Harris says Republicans remain committed towards reducing the size of state government, but that can't happen with Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards in office.
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Republican Legislators Address Passed Budget Resolution
Posted on 6/29/2018 4:27:00 AM.

Republicans are taking stock of a contentious series of special sessions that took three attempts this year to come to a resolution. The final deal was a 4.45 percent sales tax, set to start July 1st

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Analyst: Veto of Harris sponsored bill most likely due to political retribution
Posted on 6/6/2018 2:05:00 PM.

A bill sponsored by House GOP leader Lance Harris that would allow independent gas stations to sue larger gas station companies over unfair pricing has been vetoed by Governor John Bel Edwards. Harris owns a chain of gas stations in the Alexandria area and could have benefited from the bill. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the move may be retaliation on the part of the governor.

“Since Lance Harris was the leading person to oppose governor’s request for $640 million it’s hard not to imagine that there was some political payback by the governor.”

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Budget bills to be addressed as the special session wraps up
Posted on 6/1/2018 2:09:00 PM.

It’ll be a big day in the Senate Sunday as the upper chamber takes on tax and budget bills that could decide the fate of 648 million dollar fiscal cliff that threatens to wreck higher ed, TOPS, and healthcare. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the House won’t have much time to debate the budget and tax plans the Senate agrees too with a June 4th deadline quickly approaching.

“But at the same time, you’ve got to go back to the house, and almost at the very last minute. And will the house concur? That’s the big 64,000 dollar question.”

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Senate committee makes major changes to sales tax renewal bill, but will it pass the House?
Posted on 5/31/2018 7:01:00 AM.
A Senate committee has made major changes to GOP House Chairman Lance Harris’ sales tax bill and now the legislation will raise enough revenue to fill a projected budget shortfall for next fiscal year. The panel removed more sales tax exemptions than what the House called for and Harris doesn’t see the Senate version passing the lower chamber. 
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House passes sales tax bill
Posted on 5/29/2018 5:35:00 AM.

GOP House Caucus Chairman Lance Harris' tax bill that raises 366-million dollars of the 648-million dollar budget shortfall passed the House after a weekend of deliberations that got the legislation 76 votes, 6 more than it needed to make it to Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. Harris, who Friday said this tax bill is designed to cut government, celebrated the passage.

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Critical sales tax vote possible on rare Memorial Day session of the House
Posted on 5/28/2018 5:44:00 AM.
GOP House Caucus Chairman Lance Harris' tax bill that would fill 360 of the state’s 648-million dollar budget shortfall is expected to come up for a vote today, after falling seven votes short of passage on Friday. The proposal would renew a third of the expiring penny sales tax, and eliminate some sales tax breaks. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the weekend gave legislators to look at other options.
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Sales tax proposal fails in the House by seven votes, but proposal not dead
Posted on 5/25/2018 8:38:00 PM.

A temporary sales tax bill went down in defeat on the House floor, as it fell seven votes short of passage. Governor John Bel Edwards in a statement expressed disappointment, but encouraged by the large number of Republicans and Democrats, who voted for the proposal to give state government an additional 360-million dollars next fiscal year.

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GOP backed tax bill clears Ways & Means Committee; now heads to the House floor
Posted on 5/24/2018 5:49:00 PM.

House GOP Caucus Chairman Lance Harris' tax bill received approval from the House Ways and Means Committee. The proposal would retain one third of an expiring penny sales tax and eliminate some sales tax breaks. Governor Edwards supports retaining a higher percentage of the expiring one-cent sales tax, but Harris says his legislation is a good compromise.

“This is going to be difficult to get 70 votes on the floor for anything. I think you all realize that, but the alternative is 495 million in cuts,” Harris said.

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Special session on sales taxes begins today
Posted on 5/22/2018 4:30:00 AM.

The special session kicks off today, giving legislators two weeks to come to an agreement on how to handle a 648 million dollar budget shortfall that threatens to potentially devastate healthcare and higher education. A special session in February failed, and legislative attempts to craft a budget with 648 million in cuts were vetoed, but Governor Edwards says this will be different.

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