Tension over budget continues in the House and Senate

Tryfon Boukouvidis

Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, saw his bill getting involuntarily deferred by the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday. (Credit: Tryfon Boukouvidis, LSU Manship School News Service)

It was payback time in a House committee on Thursday.

After Senate Democrats chastised Republican leader Rep. Lance Harris of Alexandria on Wednesday over a bill that raised less revenue than the governor says is needed, a Republican-led House committee on Thursday grilled two of those Democrats and rejected or deferred bills they had proposed.

The House Ways and Means Committee put off a bill by Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, and voted down two bills by Sen. Jean-Paul Morrell, D-New Orleans, the chair of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee, adding to the tensions between the chambers as they rush to see if they can agree on revenue and budget bills before the special session ends on Monday.

Both senators had intensely questioned Harris’ budget numbers Wednesday night and rebuked him for refusing to make changes to raise significantly more revenue to address the $648 fiscal cliff that is projected to occur when temporary tax measures expire on July 1.

Read the story in KALB.


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