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Revenue bills draw heated debate


BATON ROUGE–Discussion heated up at Tuesday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing, as legislators expressed frustration over the inability of their colleagues to reach an agreement on how to deal with the state’s projected $1 billion budget shortfall.

While the lawmakers agreed that revenue-raising measures are necessary to lower the deficit, many were reluctant about to publicly offer tax proposals, including their own. Both Republicans and Democrats said that while they did not want to raise taxes or reduce deductions, they also knew it was their responsibility to start the negotiation process.

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