Shreveport’s Rep. Seabaugh: ‘Caucus of no’ or principled anti-tax warrior?

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Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, refused to yield for a final vote on a revenue measure Monday night at the end of the special session. (Photo: Sarah Gamard)

Drew White and Tryfon Boukouvidis

When Republican Rep. Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport filibustered in the final minutes of the legislative session Monday, he was not sure whether a last-ditch effort to vote on a revenue-raising bill he deemed disastrous would have succeeded.

But Seabaugh, who is one of about 20 House Republicans who have consistently voted against any tax increase, said in interviews that his maneuver to block the vote “was worth it,” even though it has placed him at the center of controversy over yet another failed legislative session.

Seabaugh said he objected to how the Senate had tacked a half-cent sales tax extension onto a minor bill, saying that the measures were “unrelated” and that it was “blatantly unconstitutional” to use the bill as a vehicle for a tax increase.

Read the story in The Shreveport Times.

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