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Mistrust dooms special session


Ryan Noonan, Natalie Anderson and Kaylee Poche
LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE — When the state faced a huge budget shortfall in 2016, Kenny Havard and Alan Seabaugh were among the Republican representatives who voted for a temporary penny increase in the state sales tax to fill the gap.

But now with that extra penny about to expire, Havard and Seabaugh were among the 27 Republicans who voted last Wednesday against a bill by a fellow Republican to extend just a quarter-cent of the sales tax.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said after the special legislative session collapsed on Monday that  


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