BATON ROUGE — The chairman of the Louisiana House’s tax committee said Monday that lawmakers shouldn’t have trouble defending tax votes they took in the just-ended legislative session, because the decisions helped protect public health care and higher education.

Lawmakers raised taxes and scaled back tax breaks to raise more than $700 million for the upcoming $24.5 billion budget that begins July 1. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, said the votes were tough for lawmakers to make with elections on the horizon this fall.

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