Today in The Rundown: Higher ed supporters rally at the Capitol today; tax bills head to the House; Universities put on credit rating downgrade watch because of budget turmoil; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the special legislative session ends: 14

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 19

Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 10

Early voting is underway. See GeauxVote.com for info.

The News

Taxes: Several tax bills have been sent to the full House for consideration. http://bit.ly/1XKZHG0

Special session: How much does it cost to have a special session? http://bit.ly/1ozUFQm

Budget: House Appropriations Chair Cameron Henry addressed the Chamber of EBR on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/1QCm9S1

K-12: Education Superintendent John White says that mid-year cuts are manageable. http://bit.ly/1XKZNgJ

Higher Ed: Citing the state’s budget crisis, Moody’s has put eight public universities on watch for possible credit downgrades. http://bit.ly/1RkJswL

GOP 2016: Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be in Louisiana today to campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. http://bit.ly/1mWk7hT

Today at the Capitol

Today is the rally for higher education at the Capitol. Supporters from colleges and universities throughout the state are expected to be on the steps at noon. Organizers are encouraging rally-ers to wear red.

The House comes in at 4 p.m., and the Senate convenes at 5 p.m.

*The House is expected to take up some bills that passed out of Appropriations Committee earlier this week, while the busy day in the chamber will be Thursday.

House Committees

  • Appropriations meets at 10 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Health and Welfare meets at 1 p.m. in Room E.
  • Finance meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room A-B.
  • Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets at 3 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.

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