‘Income tax repeal bill near death’

The Advocate reports that a bill to repeal Louisiana’s state income tax has little chance of passing in the waning hours of the 2011 legislative session.

Despite a last-minute flurry of appeals, a bid to gradually repeal Louisiana’s personal income tax at a cost of $5.4 billion was floundering and near death in the Legislature on Wednesday.

The 2011 regular session has to end at 6 p.m. Thursday and the chief sponsor vowed to press on.

“I am going to try every hour on the hour,” said state Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Grosse Tete and chief sponsor of the plan, which is in Senate Bill 259.

But, despite repeated tries, Marionneaux was unable to clear a procedural hurdle Wednesday needed for the bill to get another hearing, and have any chance of final approval.

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