A big day in Baton Rouge today. The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote on various proposals to increase taxes, including a measure that would increase the state sales tax from 4-cents to 5-cents. Jeremy Alford, publisher of La-politics-dot-com, says many Republicans want the governor to commit to some long-term spending cuts. Alford says the governor won’t get something for nothing through the house chamber.

They'e asking for pension reforms, sentencing reforms, structural budget changes. A lot of these things won't be able to get done until the regular session later this spring.

The committee has also heard bills that would increase taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, rental cars, phone lines, internet sales and hotels.