BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a rebuke to Gov. Bobby Jindal, House lawmakers Wednesday rejected a proposal sought by the Republican governor to maintain his record against tax increases, upending budget-balancing negotiations.
The House Ways and Means Committee shot down the bill with a narrow 10-9 vote. But senators, trying to keep the measure alive, added it to three other bills later that evening, ensuring the debate would continue.
The disagreement raises questions about whether lawmakers can agree on a way to balance next year’s $24 billion budget with financial plans that can escape Jindal’s veto.
“We’ve got time to talk and