On Monday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled a worst-case-scenario budget to lawmakers tasked with solving a $1 billion budget gap. Then he went home to feed the chickens.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards released his worst-case-scenario budget Monday, a spending plan that would include potentially devastating cuts to higher education and health care funding — the result of the looming $1 billion state budget shortfall.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Monday is "high noon" at the State Capitol when the Democratic governor releases his deep cuts budget and the House Republicans are supposed to whip out their counter-proposal to gun down a $1 billion-plus deficit that arrives on June 30, sharp.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday he was “very disappointed” that the Louisiana House Republicans haven’t forwarded their own plan to address the pending $1 billion drop off in revenues and he blames House Speaker Taylor Barras.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Members of a task force charged with simplifying Louisiana’s criminal code can’t seem to agree on what to do. Nevertheless, next week they will be recommending to the Legislature how to go about classifying crimes.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
Fretting over the possibility of a fiscal nightmare, state lawmakers are behind their usual pace in preparing for the regular legislative session.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Though not real excited about what he expects to be a 10 percent cut in the operating budget of the state’s parks and historical sites, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser does see a chance to fulfill a long-held dream to privatize.
WASHINGTON — For more than a half-century, the United States government has been the only big-time player in the flood-insurance market, underwriting the vast majority of home and business policies while largely relegating private insurers to a ni…
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Nearly two years before Louisiana's next election for governor, possible Republican contenders already are sizing up the race, hoping they can keep Democrat John Bel Edwards from a second term.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Louisiana's governor Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to shield states' medical marijuana programs from federal prosecutors, urging him to "ensure the safe distribution of this life-changing form of treatment."
WASHINGTON — Congressman Steve Scalise will go under the surgeon’s scalpel Wednesday, the latest chapter in his seven-month-long recovery from a gunshot wound suffered during a June attack.
Monday, January 08, 2018
After seven years of delays over legal technicalities, a trial court Monday finally heard arguments about the constitutionality of the Louisiana Legislature using fees paid for a specific purpose to help balance the state’s annual budget.
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Seven months after their push for a hike in the state gas tax died, road and bridge advocates are scrambling to see what, if any, other options are available for traffic relief.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards drew a Jan. 19 line in the sand for Louisiana House Republicans to put up or shut up.
Thursday, January 04, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades.
The million customers of Entergy Louisiana could see their monthly bills drop by about $4 per month if the Public Service Commission heeds the request of Gov. John Bel Edwards and lowers rates to match savings from the federal tax rewrite.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Friday, December 29, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate have put a heavy emphasis on federal judgeships in their first year in office, confirming a record number of appellate court judges and powering through hearings on…
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Shareholder claims that Cleco management flubbed last year’s $4.7 billion sale to an international consortium received new life when an appellate court reversed a decision to toss the lawsuit.
One of every five Louisiana households receiving food stamps – mostly the elderly, disabled and veterans – will see their benefits decline starting Monday.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Scott Angelle’s life cycles recently have become something akin to an oilfield worker, which kind of fits because he now regulates offshore drilling for the federal government.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed an $81 billion disaster recovery bill aimed largely at hurricane and wildfire victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California on a bipartisan vote Thursday evening.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Public Service Commission voted Wednesday to follow the Legislature’s lead in how to license companies hauling hazardous waste in Louisiana.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says he never had reason to suspect that a former top aide would face allegations of sexual harassment, despite similar claims from a decade ago.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
On the eve of releasing proposed bills that would bring riverboat casinos on land and expand gambling floor space, members of a task force Tuesday sought — and received — commitments from regional economic development officials to help with what i…
Monday, December 18, 2017
WASHINGTON — A Trump judicial nominee who came under withering criticism after a grilling last week from Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana has withdrawn his nomination, the third district court nominee to step aside in the past week after questions r…
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tears welled in the eyes of Senior U.S. District Judge Tucker Melancon as he remembered his old friend, Senior U.S. District Judge James Brady.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Over the past 20 years, Exxon Mobil has been exempted from paying almost $700 million in property taxes that would have otherwise helped pay for East Baton Rouge Parish schools, police officers, parks, libraries and other parish operations.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards named Friday the members of his task force investigating sexual harassment policies in state government.
WASHINGTON — Tax breaks for victims of natural disasters and credits for developers renovating historic buildings made it into the final GOP tax-cut bill released late Friday afternoon.
Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who recently revealed she is suffering from a form of liver cancer without a known cure, called for University of Louisiana-Lafayette graduates to embrace civility in a commencement address Friday.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Louisiana's income projections improved Thursday, but state officials were muted in their excitement because a nearly $1 billion budget gap still looms next year.
A state legislative committee Thursday authorized Louisiana transportation officials to pursue a $122 million plan to replace the Belle Chasse tunnel and nearby Perez Bridge using a public-private partnership.
Most retired state workers will pay twice as much next month for their life insurance while many current government employees will see their policy costs go down after a Louisiana House committee gave final approval Thursday to a new contract.
After stalling the contracts since October, House Republicans lifted their opposition Thursday to multibillion-dollar extensions sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards for the private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid patients.
WASHINGTON — Provisions likely boosting the amount of federal oil-drilling cash headed to Louisiana will almost certainly end up in the final version of the Republican tax-cut plan, Rep. Steve Scalise and Sen. Bill Cassidy said Thursday.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
A new set of standards for constructing buildings were approved Tuesday after the governor withdrew his opposition, which had delayed for six months the codes going into effect.
Monday, December 11, 2017
The Evangeline Parish District Attorney decided not to meet Monday with the family of Dejuan Guillory, the man shot and killed in July by an Evangeline Parish Sheriff's deputy.
The campaign to recall Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope failed to gain enough signatures to get a recall election on a ballot, the campaign announced Sunday.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
WASHINGTON — A short-term spending deal struck on Capitol Hill last week gives states more flexibility in cobbling together federal cash to keep the Children's Health Insurance Program running.
Louisiana officials on Sunday offered prayers and support to former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who announced she is fighting melanoma in her liver, for which she said there is no cure.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Bloomberg’s called Tuesday’s special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama a “Hobson’s choice” for the Republicans because of the party’s association with Roy Moore, the 70-year-old Republican candidate recently accused of hitting on teenage …
Thursday, December 07, 2017
WASHINGTON — Congress extended the National Flood Insurance Program by a fortnight Thursday as part of a broad but temporary federal-government funding deal.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
WASHINGTON — Despite widespread bipartisan support for the Children's Health Insurance Program, lawmakers on Capitol Hill remain uncertain just when and how the lapsed program might get a renewal.