Today in The Rundown: House committee blocks key tax proposal; Medicaid expansion hits nearly 200K in first week; Edwards signs ‘ban the box’ legislation; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until second special session ends: 14

The News

Budget crunch: One of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ key tax proposals was blocked by a Democrat in committee Wednesday. http://bit.ly/1Yfl9ox

Medicaid expansion: Nearly 200,000 people have signed up for Medicaid in the first week of Louisiana’s expanded health care eligibility, state officials say. http://bit.ly/1rdmdfr

Governors: Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s trip to Baton Rouge and New Orleans will take place next week, as he attempts to woo businesses from Louisiana to the Sunshine State. http://bit.ly/1tiPeIl

Ban the box: Gov. Edwards signed legislation Wednesday that could give ex-convicts a greater chance at re-entering the workforce. http://bit.ly/1rdR4bv

Capitol grounds: Magnolia trees that have been languishing at the Capitol since the inauguration will be moved to the Governor’s Mansion. http://bit.ly/1Pi7JRs

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature: http://bit.ly/AdvLALege

Today at the Capitol

The House comes in at 1 p.m., and the Senate is gone until Monday.

House Committees

  • Appropriations meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Ways and Means meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.

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