Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.
Days until session ends: 2
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 137
Days until the runoff (as needed): 165
Today is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s 44th Birthday. Send him a birthday message here: http://bit.ly/1IDzWDh via Twitter.
Budget crunch: The state House and Senate remained at a standoff Tuesday over next year’s $24 billion state budget, with all signs pointing to a final showdown Thursday, when the legislative session ends at 6 p.m. http://bit.ly/1FHLK18
Transportation: Five bills that would provide modest aid to state road and bridges easily won final legislative approval Tuesday.http://bit.ly/1FHJln5
Common Core: The seemingly endless legislative fight over Common Core ended quietly Tuesday. http://bit.ly/1FHJEhL
Cigarette tax: The House and Senate will have to hash out their differences over the proposed tobacco tax hike.http://bit.ly/1IDF5eC
Contracts: With little discussion, the Louisiana House agreed Tuesday that legislators should have a greater say in the contracts the governor’s administration enter to privatize government services. http://bit.ly/1IDFddW
Tuition: Louisiana’s higher education institutions still have a slim chance of gaining some control over how much they charge for tuition and fees, but time is winding down. http://bit.ly/1FHJiHX
EITC: The Louisiana Senate has again rejected a proposed doubling of the earned income tax credit. http://bit.ly/1FHJdUS
COLA: Lawmakers are calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider his threat to veto a cost-of-living raise this year for 130,000 retired state employees and teachers. http://bit.ly/1FHJozu
LSU: Provost Stuart Bell is set to become the next president of the University of Alabama. http://bit.ly/1FHJBm2
House visitors: A special guest visited the Louisiana Capitol on Tuesday — Thomas Jefferson! http://bit.ly/1FHMuDv
House and Senate come in at 9 a.m.
House Order of the Day: http://bit.ly/LAHouseOrder
Senate Daily Digest: http://bit.ly/LASenateDigest
Watch the House online: http://bit.ly/LAHouseChamber
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