Louisiana session reaches last day; Financial bills pending

Louisiana lawmakers are completing a nine-week legislative session.

They’ve spent hefty sums of coronavirus recovery money, worked to overhaul the state’s tax structure and found themselves battling over social issues that nearly derailed the financial debates.

The House and Senate brokered a bipartisan deal in the dwindling hours of session on a complicated set of tax swaps that they hope to persuade voters to pass in the fall election.

The Senate gave the bills final passage Thursday. Awaiting a final agreement was a plan to steer more money to road and bridge projects in future budget years, at the expense of other programs.

The session must end by 6 p.m. Thursday.

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