Louisiana House Democrats play hardball on budget, block construction


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 …

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