WASHINGTON — A measure that would potentially raise Louisiana's share of federal oil revenue in the coming decades was headed for inclusion in the U.S. Senate's GOP-backed tax bill.
Friday, November 17, 2017
WASHINGTON — Thousands of Louisiana homeowners hit hard by the 2016 floods have been tearing their hair out for more than a year over a federal rule blocking them from tens of thousands of dollars in recovery money.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Louisiana legislators will be asked Friday morning to approve doubling the cost of life insurance, starting Jan. 1, for most retired state workers.
A federal judge this week cut one Louisiana abortion law from a suit filed by an abortion clinic and its doctors, and narrowed challenges to four other laws.
WASHINGTON — A presidential nominee for a lifetime appointment on the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will get a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, despite a lack of endorsement from home-state Sen. John Kennedy.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Eight months after a similar effort died, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that Louisiana has a plan to upgrade high-speed internet access at public schools across Louisiana without charges to the state.
State House Republicans have submitted proposed changes they want made to deals with private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients, as the lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over the m…
Louisiana faces rising driver frustrations, more expensive projects and poorly-rated roads and bridges because of the death of a push to increase the state gas tax, state transportation chief Shawn Wilson said Thursday.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON — The latest version of the U.S. Senate's sweeping tax bill proposal includes a set of long-sought tax breaks for victims of the devastating 2016 Baton Rouge-area flood.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
WASHINGTON — A pair of conservative judicial advocacy groups have launched campaigns in Louisiana to push the confirmation of Kyle Duncan to a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux pleaded with residents on Monday to support three measures on the Nov. 18 ballot he says are critical to local government.
Monday, November 13, 2017
WASHINGTON — Louisiana's two Republican U.S. senators responded with alarm Monday amid mounting sexual-assault allegations and growing denunciations of Roy Moore, the GOP's candidate for an open Alabama U.S. Senate seat.
State officials were closeted behind closed doors Monday trying to find a way to keep monthly life insurance rates from dramatically rising for state government retirees next year.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The dénouement of an 11-month race to choose a new state treasurer will come Saturday when Louisiana voters – though not many – will cast ballots.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will hold a hearing Monday on a recently struck compromise bill to overhaul and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, a sign of progress toward breaking a months-long deadlock over the NFIP in the House.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Later this week, voting machines will be moved from their secured warehouses to 3,904 precincts around the state.
As the competition to be Louisiana's next treasurer enters its final week, the two candidates are sparring over the role of the state's chief money manager and their qualifications for the job, as they struggle to draw voters to the polls.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Many of the surviving delegates who wrote Louisiana’s constitution in 1973 gathered over lunch for a reunion Friday and several said they think today’s legislators don’t get along well enough to tackle rewriting the state’s fundamental legal charter.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Anxiety over the prospect of losing $10 million in annual property taxes is roiling relations between Lafayette officials and District Attorney Keith Stutes, who relies on the city-parish for annual funding.
WASHINGTON — A bill that would reverse course on much of former President Barack Obama's administration's policy on oil and gas drilling and potentially lift Louisiana's share of federal oil revenue in the coming decades cleared a House committee …
Millions of dollars in Louisiana state taxes have been freed from an escrow account after the chemical industry lost its lawsuit challenging a 2015 sales tax change.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Arguing that the state Senate gamed the open meetings law, lawyers for laid-off workers Tuesday asked a state appellate court to uphold two lower court's invalidation of a resolution that led to the closing of a charity hospital more than three ye…
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Secretary of State Tom Schedler seems downright depressed about the Nov. 18 runoff, when only one of 10 voters are expected to participate in deciding who handles the state’s money. Not a taciturn fellow, Schedler laments democracy’s future and sh…
WASHINGTON — A popular federal program that provides health care for low-income children and pregnant women has found itself trapped in legislative limbo on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers locked in a partisan battle over just how to pay for it.
Friday, November 03, 2017
WASHINGTON — A deal on changes to the National Flood Insurance Program struck Friday between House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling appears to resolve some key sticking points on a long-term reauthor…
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Lafayette Parish voters on Nov. 18 will determine whether the parish budget is in grave peril or just plain bad shape. The Nov. 18 ballot consists of two property tax renewals that voters rejected in April, as well as the reallocation of an existing tax.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
State prosecutors are raising alarms about a legislative audit that found the system used to keep track inmates is riddled with problems, including trouble accurately calculating dates when inmates are to be released.
An appellate court panel found Wednesday that Gov. John Bel Edwards went too far when trying to ban discrimination against transgender people in state government.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Starting at midnight and going throughout Wednesday morning, more than 1,900 convicted inmates are walking out of prisons across the state before their sentence is completed.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Louisiana Attorney General moved late Monday to take control of the Edwards’ administration lawsuit claiming pharmaceutical companies are responsible for an opioid crisis that has caused thousands of overdose deaths.
Three former cashiers at Grambling State University are accused of improperly increasing campus spending account balances by $164,000 for 35 students, including two of the ex-workers.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Gov. John Bel Edwards and top disaster recovery leaders from his administration are traveling to Puerto Rico this week to assist the island with its recovery from Hurricane Maria.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — With Louisiana's governor and health secretary among the dozens of officials looking on at the White House, President Donald Trump on Thursday moved toward declaring a federal public health emergency in the ongoing national crisis of …
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
WASHINGTON — The reeling and cash-strapped National Flood Insurance Program, battered by a wave of claims from a spate of 2017 hurricanes and the 2016 Louisiana floods, is poised to get a multi-billion dollar injection under a bill sent to Preside…
Saturday, October 21, 2017
After a bitter name-calling debate in 1991 that pitted arguments of “good and evil” against practical economics, Louisiana legislators haven’t revisited the laws governing casino gambling.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Lawmakers postponed a decision Friday on whether to extend lucrative contracts for the five managed-care companies that coordinate health services for most state Medicaid patients, saying they want more details about deals that are among the large…
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Louisiana's health department wants to keep the five managed-care companies that coordinate health services for most state Medicaid patients in place, extending the lucrative government contracts for another two years.
Louisiana has more wiggle room to borrow money next year for state-financed construction projects, a brightened forecast presented Thursday that replaced grim projections of a cash crunch so deep it threatened to stall nearly all projects.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The Democrat vying to be Louisiana's next treasurer is asking the state ethics board to waive a $2,100 fine for not filing his campaign finance report on time, saying difficulty associated with his paralysis delayed the filing.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Perhaps feeling that voters are reaching the end of their tolerance for dysfunctional government, Louisiana House members of both parties gathered Thursday to talk about how to deal with the impending “fiscal cliff.”
Craig Greene, a Baton Rouge orthopedic surgeon making his first bid for public office, won Saturday’s election to the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
New Iberia residents on Saturday will choose whether to give themselves something people in most similar-size cities take for granted: a police department.
After trying dozens of ways to get her elderly parents out of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico over the past three weeks, Zelideth Jimenez Ceasar had all but given up hope.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Louisiana legislators are gearing up for another attempt at unlocking parts of the state budget that have been dedicated to pet causes over the years and largely protected from cuts.