Louisiana House leaders are resisting Gov. John Bel Edwards’ call for $648 million in permanent taxes to balance the budget. Instead, they are considering a short-term sales tax measure that would raise a little more than half what the Democratic governor wants. House GOP leader Lance Harris called his proposal a compromise containing spending cuts for Republicans and revenue sought by Democrats. The Ways and Means Committee is debating Thursday whether to send the bill to the full House. If it wins committee support, Democratic votes would be needed to win passage in the House, and Democrats object to the approach. Harris’ bill would temporarily renew one-third of a 1 percent sales tax expiring July 1, along with lessening sales tax breaks, to generate $366 million for next year’s budget. To sign up for free CityBusiness Daily Updates, click here. … [Read more...] about Louisiana House GOP leader offers scaled-back sales tax bill
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Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment on Friday lashed out at House Republican leaders for embracing Medicaid expansion as he detailed the Senate's plans for taking up the House budget.GOP leaders will return to Richmond May 14 to take up the House version of the budget, which includes millions of dollars in federal funding from Medicaid expansion.“Had Governor Northam and the House not based their budget proposals upon federal revenues the General Assembly has yet to accept and a new tax on hospitals it has yet to enact, Virginia would have a new budget today. We would have completed our work on March 10 and the governor’s amendments would have been considered on April 18," said Norment, R-James City.“The Senate is still ‘adjusting’ to the reversal of a minority of House Republicans," Norment added.“The responsibility for this impasse lies exclusively with those who are imposing a tax without legislation and signing on to a program the current … [Read more...] about Norment rips House GOP leaders on Medicaid as he details Senate’s next moves on budget
State House Sound Bites Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.State House Sound Bites Podcast: NPR | iTunes | Google Play House Majority Leader Dave Reed speaks to reporters. (Photo by Katie Meyer/WITF) (Harrisburg) -- In recent weeks, proponents of overhauling Pennsylvania's redistricting process with an independent citizens' commission have been frustrated as their bills have been repeatedly gutted by the Republican majority in a prominent state House committee. But now, those advocates may be getting an unexpected new ally in House GOP Leader Dave Reed, who told reporters Tuesday, this is an issue he wants to address before he departs the legislature at the end of this year. Currently, congressional redistricting is done by the legislature, and the governor signs off on it. Reform proponents say that makes the process too partisan, and argue an independent panel of citizens would be more representative. … [Read more...] about House GOP Leader announces he wants to reform redistrictingYou may also be interested in…
House GOP leaders celebrated the very last Tax Day under the nation's old tax code and promoted the Republican-crafted Tax Cut and Jobs Act last year. Republicans have been hailing their tax cut throughout the month as a boon for working American families. House Speaker Paul Ryan views the tax cut as one of the final achievements of his speakership. On Tuesday, he said the tax plan is "good news for the American economy" and is "improving people's lives every day, even on Tax Day." "Tax reform is working, it's actually even exceeding our expectations, giving us a stronger economy, a healthier economy and its going to make us more prosperous for years to come," he said. Ryan also slammed congressional Democrats for "spreading doom and gloom" about the Republican plan. "They call it 'crumbs,' they talk about a dark cloud and they are promising to take it all away," said Ryan. "These tax cuts are intended to be permanent." Meanwhile, Ryan was "impressed" by … [Read more...] about House GOP leaders celebrate last Tax Day under old tax code