The Louisiana House agreed Tuesday to suspend three state sales tax holidays for a year to help the state with its fiscal problems.
The House voted 83-7 for the resolution which now heads to the Senate for debate. Fifteen representatives did not vote.
Suspension of the sales tax holidays would generate an estimated $4.5 million.
“It’s everybody putting a little bit in the pot to get us over this hill,” said state Rep. Jack Montoucet, D-Crowley.
House Concurrent Resolution 15 suspends a general sales tax holiday as well as one for the Second Amendment-related purchases, such as firearms and hunting supplies, and another for hurricane preparedness-related purchases.
The holidays would be suspended until 60 days after adjournment of the 2016 legislative session.