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Wreaths have been hung at the State Capitol to mark the holiday season.

Today in The Rundown: The latest on sexual harassment allegations in the governor's office; Medicaid audits raise questions about spending; Trump secretary vows aid to Louisiana's coastal erosion problem; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics news today.

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Countdown…

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 97

The News

 

Budget: Louisiana assets managed by the state Treasury fell by $2.4 billion in four years, as debt increased $1 billion during that time period, an audit has found. http://bit.ly/2AXkrZd

ICYMI: One of Gov. John Bel Edwards' top aides has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Edwards' administration has hired a defense lawyer in anticipation of a related lawsuit and launched an investigation into the allegations: http://bit.ly/2AW7EpY

Harassment: A hearing later this week will look into the Louisiana Legislature's sexual harassment policies. http://bit.ly/2ngXYAr

Trump administration: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke vowed to use his clout to fast-track coastal restoration projects during a weekend visit to Louisiana. http://bit.ly/2AXjC2z

Education: Despite persistent rumors and high-profile battles, John White has become one of the longest-serving state superintendents in the country. http://bit.ly/2AW6FGi

TOPS: The panel looking into possible changes to the popular Taylor Opportunity Program for Students is winding down its work. Here's where things stand: http://bit.ly/2AVTeWW

New Orleans: Jeff Hebert, chief administrative officer and chief resilience officer, is leaving Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration this month for a job with the Water Institute of the Gulf. http://bit.ly/2A6Kayr

New Orleans IG: A search committee has tapped five finalists for the job of New Orleans inspector general, with the aim of choosing, by the end of the year, a permanent leader to right the ship at an office marred in recent months by scandal and infighting. http://bit.ly/2AUGjo8

LGBT: Gov. John Bel Edwards is going to the state's Supreme Court in hopes of reviving his executive order aimed at protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in state government. http://bit.ly/2AUI1G4

Medicaid: The Louisiana Department of Health improperly paid $718,000 over four years for Medicaid patients who had died, according to an audit. http://bit.ly/2AVUDNc

Happening this week

Today

  • House and Governmental Affairs meets at 10 a.m. in Room 3.

  • Governor's public schedule: Holiday season kick off event at the Mansion at 3 p.m.

Wednesday

  • Louisiana Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights meets at 9 a.m. in Room 1.

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