Louisiana leaders agree, special session needed


"It sounds like that's where we'll be", Barras said of the special session.

Told of Barras' comment, Alario replied Thursday: "I agree with him, unfortunately". Barras says House members are responding to anti-tax sentiment in their districts.

House Bill 223, by State Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, creates a new section of law for dating partners, which is the same as the domestic spousal abuse law, except it does not ban the guilty dating partner from owning a firearm for 10 years.

Barras, a Republican, said any revenue-raising bills right now face heavy resistance from the public, which is why he says many House Republicans are reluctant to consider them this session.

"Outside this building, if it's not pretty obvious, no one wants a tax passed", he said late Wednesday night. We talk a lot about family values in Louisiana, but when the legislature had the opportunity to actively value families, it failed. But outside the building the resistance keeps getting stronger and stronger.

I think about how the added cost per gallon would impact a small business with multiple vehicles on the road every day.

Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris, chairman of the House Republican Delegation, called it "Washington-style politics".

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Carter said: "I know it's a tough vote". "But if it's not, no use crying about it". "We have to try to solve this problem".

The current legislative session that must end June 8 is the last regular session in which taxes can be considered before the 2018 revenue drop-off.

"Those needs will only grow larger the longer they go unaddressed", he said. Edwards has said if lawmakers don't piece together enough tax measures to fill the gap, he expects to call a special session over the next year.

"Louisiana taxpayers already pay a comparable, while being burdened with higher income and sales taxes, and despite this fact, these other states have sufficient funds for their roads while we do not", the resolution says.

House Republicans pared back spending in the budget proposal for the upcoming financial year in the hopes that cutting government now would lessen the mid-2018 gap.

Louisiana is estimated to have a $13 billion backlog of transportation needs.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is threatening to veto Louisiana's state operating budget bill if it looks like the version crafted by House Republicans.