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House says yes to sales tax hike


BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers in the Louisiana House agreed Thursday to a short-term state sales tax hike that would raise hundreds of millions of dollars, supporting the centerpiece of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ tax package.

But as the special legislative session reached its midpoint, the majority Republican House gave the sales tax measure an 18-month expiration date. And lawmakers there took no action on several other tax increases sought by the Democratic governor to end the boom-and-bust cycles of the state budget.

The sales tax measure, sponsored by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, would raise Louisiana’s 4-cent state sales tax by another penny