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Republican lawmakers in the Louisiana House have stalled a bid to give municipalities the authority to set their own minimum wage rates.

The proposal by Rep. Royce Duplessis, a New Orleans Democrat, aimed to work around repeated legislative defeats for boosting Louisiana's statewide minimum wage above the $7.25-per-hour federal level.

Duplessis sought to reverse a state law passed in 1997 that prohibited parishes and cities from setting local minimum wage rates.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday drew his first Republican challenger in next year's governor's race, a deep-pocketed Baton Rouge businessman who said he's ready to spend millions of dollars challenging the Democratic incumbent.

Eddie Rispone filed state paperwork with the ethics administration office declaring his candidacy for the 2019 election.

"I am definitely running. This is it," Rispone said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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Will the state House come to an agreement on solving a looming one-billion dollar budget deficit as a result of expiring state sales taxes? President of the Public Affairs Research Council Robert Travis Scott says even though Republicans are the majority party in the lower chamber, Democrats are holding firm on their wishes

 

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House Republicans are looking at renewing at least some or all of the temporary one cent sales tax as a way to address a looming one billion dollar shortfall. Houma Representative Tanner Mcgee.

 

But Governor John Bel Edwards says he will not support any plan that maintains the current sales tax rate which is currently five percent, one of the highest in the country. And Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says legislators promised to let the temporary sales tax penny expire when they voted for it in 2016.