Lawmakers Take on Budget Deficit

class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-12886″ src=”×194.jpg” alt=”State Capital” width=”300″ height=”194″ />Lawmakers in the State House of Representatives today tackle the state’s billion-dollar-plus deficit, including a 32-cent added tax on cigarettes. Under a bill approved by the state house, the tax on a pack of cigarettes will climb to 68 cents with the extra funds headed to fund Medicaid. Central Louisiana lawmakers voted for the bill except for Chris Hazel of Ball and Frankie Howard of Leesville.

Many of the bills passed today are veto proof meaning there are enough votes to override a gubernatorial veto, a rare occurrence. Lawmakers say they’re trying to make sure the state’s higher education and medical services do not go bankrupt.

The bills now head to the Louisiana Senate.

KLAX ABC 31 News 5/7/15