06:30 LRN Newscast May 31st

A Senate committee has made major changes to GOP House Chairman Lance Harris’ sales tax bill and now the legislation will raise enough revenue to fill a projected budget shortfall for next fiscal year. The panel removed more sales tax exemptions than what the House called for and Harris doesn’t see the Senate version passing the lower chamber…
Cut 13 (09) “the bill”
The revised sales tax bill eliminates sales tax exemptions for manufacturing machinery, farm equipment and business utilities, which would produce an extra 300-million dollars.

A bill requiring public schools to display, and instruct students on the motto “In God We Trust” was signed by the governor after facing little opposition in the legislature. Baton Rouge Senator Regina Barrow on why she filed the bill….
Cut 10 (07) “school system”

Even though Republicans in Washington D-C failed in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act Louisiana GOP Senator Bill Cassidy says discussions continue on how to make health care affordable care. Cassidy has released a White paper report and one thing he’s really looking at is the wide variety of costs for prescription drugs…
cut 5 (10) “…hundred dollars”
Cassidy says the U-S Senate remains split on health care, so it’s unclear when another attempt will be made to reform health care.