Louisiana's film tax credit program to continue, with a cap

Tina Ray
June 3, 2017

The protected dollars, called "dedicated funds" at the Louisiana Capitol, are locked up by either the state constitution or state laws that dictate how certain dollars must be spent.

Smith said before lawmakers unlock protected funds, they should look at the $7 billion spent annually on various tax break programs. The House leadership has blocked the task force's recommendations, blocked the governor's alternative plan, as well as plans from members of their own party. Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) and carried on the House floor by Rep. However, the governor and the Senate committee believed keeping that money off the table would lead to the ending of key programs.

Barras was a backer of the gas tax increase - House Bill 632 - but Henry and Harris were not.

In the House plan, lawmakers set aside about $200 million, with the hope of avoiding a midyear shortfall.

"We used the money the House left out to fill in the voids", Erdey said.

Barras, speaking with reporters after the House adjourned on Friday, said he has not seen Naquin's memo and was not interested.

The Louisiana House voted 50-45 for Abramson's bill. The dedications were determined by lawmakers in deals over bills, to persuade the public to support spending plans or to protect fees or taxes that people pay for specific services.

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Republicans and Democrats have been meeting privately to broker a compromise.

The House had overwhelmingly agreed to the constitutional amendment by Rep. Greg Miller, a Norco Republican, which would have required felons to wait eight years.

Those were GOP state Reps. Added to that, Wilson says the state needs $15 billion to build some mega projects across the state, including a new Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge.

"I expressed the same to him that I was confident we wouldn't need it", Barras said.

"That's what's hurting things now", he said.

Splits on the issue in the House leadership showed up early.

"The budget in its current form, as passed by the House, is a nonstarter".

Morris voted "no" on Carter's bill when it was approved by Ways and Means last month, and said his constituents made it clear that they oppose any such hike.

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