BATON ROUGE — With a session-ending deadline fast approaching, House Republicans and Gov. John Bel Edwards appeared at sharp odds Monday over a deal to keep from cratering this year’s budget and forcing widespread cuts on health care and colleges.

The House chipped away at the problem slightly, approving and sending to the Senate a proposal to decrease some state sales tax breaks.

The measure would shrink tax cuts that businesses get for their utility costs and their equipment purchases, among other changes, expiring after three years. Rep. Jay Morris, R-Monroe, the bill sponsor, estimated it would generate about $20 million for

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