Photo by Sarah Gamard Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, spoke to Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, on the House floor after Marcelle and three other Legislative Black Caucus members voted against Leger’s tax bill Friday.

By Katie Gagliano and Sarah Gamard

BATON ROUGE– The House voted 51-50 on Friday against a Democratic bill to reduce income tax deductions and then adjourned after nearly five hours of behind-the-scenes talks failed to bring members closer to resolving a $1 billion budget shortfall.

The Legislature will reconvene Sunday evening, one of the last days left to salvage the special session. If bills to replace revenue from an expiring penny of sales tax do not advance to the Senate by Monday, it is unlikely they would have enough time to pass through the full legislative process.

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