Today in The Rundown: Disaster recovery, Medicaid fraud, K-12 education and even more you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 32
Disaster recovery: The the massive budget deal struck by U.S. Senate leaders on Wednesday cuts Louisiana out of disaster-relief changes sought by Louisiana's delegation. http://bit.ly/2nMrhZz
LaFlood: After complaints from state and local officials that flood victims couldn't afford to pay market rents on their temporary trailers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to substantially lower the rent it planned to charge come March. http://bit.ly/2nK7ie4
TOPS: The task force assembled to find a solution to the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students' future has punted to state lawmakers. http://bit.ly/2Eb80ah
Budget: The latest in the courtroom drama over raiding funds to shore up state finances. http://bit.ly/2nKlIe5
Medicaid: A state task force will likely continue to look for savings after its initial expiration date. http://bit.ly/2nKspNe
Louisiana Culture: There is about to be a *crawfish* emoji! (That's what we are calling it at least.) http://bit.ly/2nKFYwh
Health care: Community health centers that provide critical primary care to hundreds of thousands of Louisiana's poorest residents are sounding alarms over potentially deep cuts to services if the federal government fails to reauthorize a key funding pool. http://bit.ly/2C5jjPl
Cajun Navy: The state is looking to better coordinate volunteer efforts, as the prospect of bolstered federal aid wanes. http://bit.ly/2nLmojA
K-12: A new bid to oust state Superintendent of Education John White has been rejected. http://bit.ly/2nKHHBB
ICYMI: The latest on diversity in Louisiana universities. http://bit.ly/2E8ShfO
Happening this week
- LABI Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.
- Gold Star Families Honoring Committee meets at 9 a.m. in Room 2 at the Capitol.
- Gov. John Bel Edwards meets with the Student Government Presidents at 10:45 a.m. at the Governor’s Mansion.
- U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise addresses the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast taking place at 6:30 a.m. (Central) in Washington. Scalise is expected to speak around 7 a.m. Live video will be available on C-SPAN 2.
- Advisory Council on Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education meets at 1 p.m. in the Bienville Building.
What spending cuts do you support? Be specific so your constituents can know exactly where you stand. When the well runs dry on June 30 what would you like to see go unfunded? This is the moment you’ve been asking for. Don’t let someone else steal your thunder. #lalege #lagov— GumboPAC (@GumboPac) February 7, 2018
Explain how lowering the expenditure limit would impact a budget shortfall? All I hear is the peddling of snake oil from my R colleagues. I have heard no honest solutions - except a Checkbook site and low hanging cuts, then want to pawn off hard cuts so they can shift blame.— Barry Ivey (@Barry_Ivey) February 7, 2018
Implementation of Goals & Objectives being established by #LaSTEM will revolutionize our state’s economy & help families secure high-wage jobs. I am very encouraged with our progress!! #LaLege #LaSTEM ⚙️🔬🔭 pic.twitter.com/7dsxhO40J0— Sharon Hewitt (@sharonhewitt) February 7, 2018
"FACT: Not one GOP lawmaker has put forth a proposal to solve the fiscal cliff. Perhaps it's time our colleagues come to the table with solutions instead of demands, many of which actually cost money. #LaLege #LaGov" #TeamTed— Rep. Ted James (@EdwardTedJames) February 7, 2018