Despite Gov. John Bel Edwards’ attempts to rein in a lucrative tax break, manufacturers were awarded more exemptions in 2016 than ever before.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Louisiana lawmakers have less than a day left to decide how the state will close a $304 million mid-year budget deficit, and though negotiations appeared to be moving in a positive direction, the fight ultimately could come down to a battle over f…
Monday, February 20, 2017
Today in The Rundown: A budget deal is in the works; a lawmaker wants to make it easier to recall officials; the state transportation chief says little appetite for increasing taxes for roads; and more.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Louisiana's transportation chief said Monday it is impossible to say exactly how much additional revenue the state needs to make a big impact on the state's troubled road and bridge system.
The Louisiana Legislature appears to have struck a tentative agreement to closing the state's $304 million mid-year deficit as the clock winds down on the nine-day special session.
Frustrated by efforts to recall a St. Tammany Parish coroner and Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, a state legislator proposed a measure that would make it easier to kick an elected official out of office.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Today in The Rundown: House and Senate work over the weekend to advance deficit-closing legislation; a showdown looms over the future of TOPS; four state police officials are under investigation for travel; and more you may have missed.
The Louisiana Legislature's efforts to close a $304 million midyear shortfall in the state budget have entered the final stretch after lawmakers worked through the weekend to advance a plan.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
The Louisiana Senate will meet Sunday to fine tune its plan for closing a $304 million hole in the state budget, and leaders predict the chamber will remove one of the more contentious points of the House-approved plan.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Plans are afoot to charge state government employees who smoke $600 more for their health insurance because the state can’t afford the necessary premium increases.
The Louisiana House is sending to the Senate a budget proposal that would use about $74.6 million from the state's rainy day fund to help plug the state's $304 million mid-year deficit.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday that, while Louisiana faces huge road and bridge problems, he is not ready to spell out how much he will recommend to improve transportation.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Today in The Rundown: Budget battle hits the House floor today; Sen. Troy Brown resigns; legislators look to next year's budget; Medicaid expansion hits new record; and more you may have missed from the Louisiana Capitol.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and conservative Republicans in the state House waged a behind-the-scenes battle Thursday to determine which side has the upper hand when the full House takes its first votes Friday on plans to close a mid-year budget shortfall.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Embattled state Sen. Troy Brown announced his resignation Thursday saving the state Senate what was expected to be a bruising battle next week to expel him.
Louisiana's Medicaid expansion enrollment has topped 400,000, as the future of the federal health care law that provides for the program remains unclear.
The state House is again considering a plan that proponents say will free up tens of millions of dollars each year, under a unique maneuver of cutting into normally protected funds.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Today in The Rundown: Appropriations breaks through budget impasse but much work still ahead on deficit; Sen. Troy Brown says his fate is "obvious;" school letter grades are being challenged; and more you may have missed from the Louisiana Capitol.
Republican leaders in the state House have moved forward with a deficit-closing plan that would make deeper cuts than Gov. John Bel Edwards has called for while relying less on the state's rainy day fund.
State senators shot down every request for evidence – even a list of possible witnesses – during their initial hearing Wednesday in a historic effort to discipline one of their own.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Today in The Rundown: The special session is underway but there has been little movement on the budget; Senators begin review of Brown's future in the chamber; an unexpected follow up to last year's stripper amendment "joke"; and more.
House Republican leaders on Tuesday privately proposed covering a mid-year budget deficit in part by cutting spending on K-12 schools, public colleges and universities and the prison system but then withdrew the plan in the face of strenuous objec…
Monday, February 13, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the state Legislature this evening, kicking off a nine-day special session focusing on the state's $304 million budget shortfall.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
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State government is spending too much money, says a leading Republican lawmaker, as he touts an analysis of his own, which shows that state spending has increased at nearly twice the national inflation rate over the past 14 years.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Louisiana Legislature will get eight days, five hours and 30 minutes to close a $304 million midyear budget deficit, starting Monday, but it remains unclear what route will become most popular for lawmakers to bridge the gap.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling on President Donald Trump to issue a federal disaster declaration after a severe storm system spawning at least six tornadoes tore across much of south Louisiana on Tuesday.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
When Louisiana legislators meet next week, it will be to solve the state's 15th mid-year budget deficit in nine years.
Two senators have prepared competing resolutions to either expel or suspend state Sen. Troy Brown, who has pleaded no contest to domestic battery, during the special session that begins Monday.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Then-state Rep. John Bel Edwards complained year after year that Gov. Bobby Jindal wasn’t serious about solving the state’s budget problems because he repeatedly relied on gimmicks and one-time money to close funding gaps.
Louisiana is one of 10 states that have seen the steepest decreases in the rate of uninsured residents over the past four years, according to survey findings released Wednesday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has returned to Washington, D.C., this week — his sixth trip in as many months to lobby for federal aid for the state's recovery from last year's historic floods.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Monday, February 06, 2017
The satire Facebook account Lafayette City Government has changed its name to "Unofficial: Lafayette City Government" after pressure from Lafayette Consolidated Government.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Louisiana Legislature to dip into the state's reserves, shift spending sources and make modest cuts to some agencies to plug a $304 million mid-year state budget shortfall.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards wants $119 million from the rainy day fund to balance the state budget during the upcoming special session, but he has yet to win the support of moderate House Republicans, who will decide his plan’s fate.
Friday, February 03, 2017
One of the biggest, recurring debates in the push to revamp public schools is how to change the system for grading schools, which was launched under former Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a one-page notice officially calling the Louisiana Legislature into a special session this month to address a $304 million shortfall in the state budget.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wants President Donald Trump's help in getting another $2 billion in federal aid for the state's recovery from last year's historic floods and loosening restrictions that limit how the money can be used.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David LaCerte, who was accused last year by state investigators of mismanaging an agency tasked with caring for the state's veterans and embellishing his own military service credentials, is now suing his accusers…