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In tax negotiations, Gov. Edwards rejects sales tax renewal

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards says he's flexible on tax ideas to close a $1 billion budget gap. But he won't consider one proposal: a long-term renewal of the expiring sales tax causing most of the hole.

Lawmakers in 2016 raised Louisiana's 4-cent state sales tax by another penny for every dollar spent. That sales tax increase, which brings in an estimated $880 million annually, and other temporary taxes expire July 1.

For Republican lawmakers considering taxes, Edwards is taking one of the most significant revenue-raising measures off the table.

Edwards says the temporary sales tax was planned as a bridge to a larger rewrite of Louisiana's tax laws, which hasn't happened. He says the tax hike more heavily hits the poor and is out of step with other states.

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