By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The House Republican delegation says the shelving of Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to repeal the state income tax is a responsible and prudent decision.
Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris, chairman of the delegation, issued a statement Tuesday saying GOP lawmakers in the House were concerned about the budget implications of the tax repeal without an offset for the lost revenue.
Harris says the repeal idea "is off the table for this legislative session." He says Republicans will look at the issue for later years.
The Republicans' statement solidifies legislative opposition to the GOP governor's main agenda for the session. It appeared to end any possibility the tax repeal could be successfully revived before the session ends in June.
The Ways and Means Committee indefinitely deferred all House tax repeal bills Monday.
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