Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday unveiled a complicated and dramatic restructuring of Louisiana’s much-maligned tax system, proposing to lower some tax rates in exchange for eliminating many tax breaks and making businesses subject to a new tax …
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration Wednesday attempted to tamp down concerns over the status of the state's search for a contractor to oversee housing recovery programs following last year's historic floods.
Democrats and the Edwards administration are taking yet another swing at establishing a statewide minimum wage and at ensuring women are not paid less than men for the same work.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
An Indiana woman is suing Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry for not complying with her public records requests seeking information on his travel and vehicle purchases, contracts with lawyers and law firms, and correspondence with oil and gas …
State transportation advocates Wednesday morning seized on a national report that says motorists in Baton Rouge and New Orleans pay $2,466 and $2,171 per year respectively because because of poor, congested and unsafe roads and bridges.
Gov. John Bel Edwards publicly releases the much-awaited details of his tax overhaul package at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lawmakers will have less than two weeks to digest his recommendations before they convene on April 10 for a 60-day regular session…
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Environmentalists and industrialists find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder as they try to maintain a tax credit for low-emission vehicles.
Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday kicked off the process of crafting next year's budget, with several Republicans pushing back against calls for more revenue to fund state services.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy on Monday took a shot at Gov. John Bel Edwards and his aides for what he called a "Three Stooges-like performance" overseeing the state's $1.6 billion recovery program for flood victims.
Monday, March 27, 2017
A new audit says Louisiana's health department and its dental benefits program administrator paid $6.4 million for dental claims that violated the Medicaid program's rules.
By turning in his badge years earlier than expected, Col. Mike Edmonson walked away from tens of thousands of dollars in retirement benefits he could have earned had he remained State Police superintendent through Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Four out of 10 systems operated by local and parish governments in Louisiana don’t charge enough for their drinking water to cover their costs, according to a report released Monday by the Louisiana legislative auditor.
Most Louisiana residents say they want the Legislature to get the state's budget under control using a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts, according to a new report out Monday.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Louisiana agency that helps fund affordable housing projects across the state is taking heat from developers and housing advocates in New Orleans, who claim the agency is prioritizing rural parishes over urban ones.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards is pushing back the public release of his tax overhaul package, probably until Wednesday, the governor’s spokesman said Sunday afternoon.
If New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno succeeds in her latest attempt to update the state’s domestic violence law, she may very well have to thank a wife-beater for overcoming the gun lobby’s lock on the Louisiana Legislature.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Here’s something to ponder the next time you dine out or shop for a new shirt: Louisiana has the highest sales tax rate in the country.
The state’s efforts to privatize and economize health care at the state’s remaining facility for the intellectually impaired have resulted in regular assaults on staff by patients, state officials have discovered.
Friday, March 24, 2017
After a proposal that would have repealed and replaced the federal Affordable Care Act fizzled on Friday, Republican members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation and Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards called for continued work on health care reform.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Former state Sen. Larry Bankston should have mentioned a possible conflict before he rendered a legal opinion that wound up disqualifying the two top bidders for a mammoth contract to manage Louisiana’s $1.6 billion flood-recovery program, accordi…
The Louisiana Legislature returns to session April 10, with the primary objective of crafting a balanced state budget for the coming year and goal of providing more long-term stability.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Trump administration to consider the impact that the Republican president's budget proposal could have on Louisiana's flood recovery efforts and projects that could prevent future natural disasters for the state.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday appointed a veteran trooper from north Louisiana to lead the State Police on an interim basis, tapping a career lawman considered an outsider from the agency's beleaguered headquarters.
Louisiana senators Wednesday told state health officials to go back to the drawing board and find other money for budget cuts rather than eliminating a program that helps thousands of children and teenagers with mental health issues.
Congress has ordered two mobile home manufacturers to turn over documents related to August's floods as it investigates the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to the disaster in Louisiana.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
A company seeking a lucrative contract to run housing recovery programs following last years catastrophic floods is taking legal action to try to stop the state from scrapping its initial solicitation of bids.
Louisiana state lawmakers have asked auditors to review a decade of financial documents from the prison rodeo held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.
The head of a nonpartisan legislative office that digs into the spending of state and local government agencies warned state lawmakers Tuesday that he's teetering on the financial edge.
With more than 45,000 flood victims still living with relatives, the state Tuesday launched a statewide effort to find property owners and landlords who can provide short and long term housing.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards settled on proposing to replace the state’s corporate tax on profits with a corporate tax on sales in part because voters in November rejected a different overhaul of the way Louisiana taxes businesses, the state's revenue se…
Judge Neil Gorsuch emphasized "the importance of an independent judiciary" on Monday in opening remarks to a Senate Judiciary Committee bitterly divided over his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Legislative leaders told higher education officials Monday they hope to fully fund the TOPS college tuition program in next year's budget, rather than leaving students with only a portion of their tuition paid.
In an unusual move, Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to piggyback on the bills of key state lawmakers to tackle Louisiana's road and bridge problems in an increasingly toxic political environment.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
In announcing his retirement as superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, Col. Mike Edmonson said last week that he hoped to restore a sense of normalcy to an agency riven by controversy in recent weeks.
The reelection of the man detractors call “the accidental governor” may be more than 30 months away, but the campaign's outcome will be written over the next four.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Independent study after independent study has found that Louisiana's high-profile tax subsidy program to bring Hollywood productions to the Pelican State has been a victim of its own success.
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser arrived to “a sea of green” at the White House for a St. Patrick’s Day reception Thursday, according to a photo posted on social media by Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Policymakers on the left, right and center of the political spectrum scrambled Friday to understand a surprise new tax plan favored by Gov. John Bel Edwards that would replace the state’s corporate tax on profits with a corporate tax on sales.
Turning 10 is a big moment, what better way to remember it than with a video message from the president?
A setback in Louisiana's effort to hire a firm to oversee programs that will help people rebuild their flood-damaged homes has set off another round of disputes over the pace with which the state is moving toward getting the programs up and running.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards wants to dramatically revamp Louisiana’s tax system when the Legislature meets next month by replacing the current corporate tax on income with a corporate tax on sales, according to administration officials.
The "budget blueprint" that President Donald Trump's administration unveiled on Thursday could have a far-reaching impact on Louisiana, and the state's leaders say they are now looking for more details about the president's spending proposal.
Officials of a group that plans to oppose any hike in the state's gasoline tax said they will release a video on Thursday that says no such increase is needed.