The House Ways and Means Committee advanced a bill Wednesday to lessen a tax break given to upper-income earners who itemize on their individual income tax returns, a measure pushed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to balance next year's budget. A rewritten version of the proposal by Rep. Malinda White, D-Bogalusa, would make it a short-term loan of sorts, with taxpayers able to recoup the tax breaks in 2018. The bill was sent to the House with a 10-9 vote:
VOTING FOR THE BILL (10): Reps. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, chairman; Jim Morris, R-Oil City, vice chairman; Joe Bouie, D-New Orleans; Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond; Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles; Jimmy Harris, D-New Orleans; Marcus Hunter, D-Monroe; Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Robert Johnson, D-Marksville; and Major Thibaut, D-New Roads.
VOTING AGAINST THE BILL (9): Reps. Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge; Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice; Stephanie Hilferty, R-Metairie; Dodie Horton, R-Haughton; Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge; Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge; Jay Morris, R-Monroe; Julie Stokes, R-Kenner; and Tom Willmott, R-Kenner.