Lawmakers back to square one after voting down bill that would’ve covered most of fiscal cliff

Lawmakers back to square one after voting down bill that would’ve covered most of fiscal cliff
Lawmakers have until June 27 to agree on a budget

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lawmakers are back to square one after voting down a bill that would have covered most of the $507 million fiscal cliff.

Republicans and Democrats are divided over how much of the state sales tax to extend. The difference between the two sides is one cent on a $10 purchase. The House killed the Democrats' option Thursday, and the Democrats will not vote for the republican plan that raises less.

In a rare speech, House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, asked lawmakers to brainstorm new ideas and continue to work together toward a solution.

"We are at an extreme deadlock between four tenths of a penny and half of a penny. We are continuing those negotiations with anyone who's willing to talk about it. We have explored options," Barras said.

The deadline to find a solution is Wednesday, June 27. The House is scheduled to try again on the same bills Friday.

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