BATON ROUGE, La. -- A tax proposal that would have raised money to fund city services in New Orleans is now in legislative limbo.
A bill by state Rep. Austin Badon that would levy a new 1.75 percent tax on hotel rooms in the city ran into a road block at the state capitol.
Badon, D-New Orleans, said he sidelined the bill after it was apparent "an anti-New Orleans movement" would have killed the measure on the House floor.
He said he could bring the bill back later in the session if he can reach a compromise between city leaders, the hospitality industry and other stakeholders.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the new tax was one of the options he endorsed to help pay for the looming liabilities of two federal consent decrees and a firefighters pension fund judgment.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne opposed the proposed hotel-motel levy, claiming it would be deal a blow to the New Orleans convention business.