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In East Baton Rouge Parish, the state Capitol sits only a few miles away from Exxon Mobil. The refinery and chemical plant has enjoyed almost $700 million in property tax relief because of Louisiana's generous industrial tax exemption program. 


Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards has unveiled his recommendations for addressing the fiscal cliff; State Rep. Chris Broadwater is leaving office early next year; a task force examining state sexual harassment policies has begun its work; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 83

The News

Budget: Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging lawmakers to look to a year-old task force report to solve the looming $1 billion-plus fiscal cliff the state faces and is preparing to call a February special session.

LaLege: Hammond Rep. Chris Broadwater has announced plans to resign from the Legislature, prompting a special election to replace him in February.

Kennedy: A Trump judicial nominee has withdrawn his nomination after a viral video of Sen. John Kennedy grilling him prompted wide-spread ridicule.

Harassment: A task force charged with reviewing the state's varying policies on sexual harassment and discrimination in state government has started its work.

ICYMI: Gov. John Bel Edwards says there is no timeline for replacing his deputy chief of staff who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations but he does plan to fill the job opening.

LSU: Graduation was last week and included one extra special diploma.

No strings attached: Read The Advocate's three-part series on the Industrial Tax Exemption Program. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

Happening this week


  • Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.
  • Gov. Edwards will be in Shreveport to make an announcement at 3:30 p.m. about a potential partnership between the state, Ochsner Health and Louisiana State University.


  • Gov. Edwards will hold his year-end press conference.

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