Louisiana House Democrats play hardball on budget, block construction
Louisiana House Democrats blocked legislation needed to fund construction on roads, university buildings, hospitals and a host of other public projects statewide Wednesday (May 24) in an effort to force House Republicans into negotiations over the state’s broader budget and tax issues.
House Bill 3 — the measure needed to fund state construction projects — needs 70 out of the House’s 105 votes to pass. The lower chamber can’t get to that number without at least six Democrats — and likely more — supporting the legislation. The House has 61 Republicans, 41 Democrats and three lawmakers not affiliated with a political party.
Only one Democrat, New …