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Ways and Means rejects Edwards’ plan

Kaylee Poche and
Tryfon Boukouvidis
LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE — The House Ways and Means Committee voted 11-6 Thursday to advance a Republican bill that would raise $369 million in additional revenue next year ­— $279 million less than state officials say they would need to cover a projected budget shortfall.

The bill, written by Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, would extend one-third of the penny of sales tax that is set to expire this summer and include budget cuts to reduce the size of state government.

Harris, the chairman of the Louisiana Republican Legislative Delegation, argued


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