BATON ROUGE — A Republican lawmaker on Wednesday abandoned his efforts to raise Louisiana’s gasoline tax, acknowledging he couldn’t rally enough votes for passage and lashing out at GOP leaders who actively worked to defeat the tax hike.

Baton Rouge Rep. Steve Carter announced that he won’t pursue the tax bill in the remaining days of the legislative session that ends June 8, saying he couldn’t gather the 70 votes needed in the House for the effort to raise hundreds of millions annually for road and bridge work. Carter said he had reached about 60 votes in his tally.

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