Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers move one step closer to a budget deal; 2 from Louisiana's Congressional delegation end train crash with no injuries; the PSC hits a partisan block; recapping the State of the Union's many Louisiana connections; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 39

The News

Budget: House Republicans released their wish list of spending reform measures that they want in exchange for backing revenue.

Congress: Two members of Louisiana's delegation, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and Congressman Garret Graves, were among the dozens of Republicans aboard a chartered train en route to a GOP retreat when it struck a garbage truck on Wednesday.

Transportation: Gov. John Bel Edwards' $600 million plan, which includes the widening of I-10 in Baton Rouge, has cleared its first hurdle.

TOPS: The TOPS task force is possibly approaching a final slate of recommendations.

Public Service Commission: An effort to ensure Democrats have a chance, from time to time, to chair the state’s regulatory board, which is majority Republican, was shot down Wednesday on a party-line vote.

New Orleans: Workers took to the streets to protest recent actions taken against strip clubs and shouted over officials who had planned to reassure tourists that Bourbon Street would soon be back to normal.

Crime: A blue ribbon panel of lawyers and judges has recommended that Louisiana should group crimes of similar severity in categories that makes some sentences longer, some shorter.

Acadiana: Taking a taking regional approach to flood control funding, leaders this week rated proposed improvement projects. See the full priority schedule here:

Immigration: Hesitation among several of Louisiana's Republicans and sharp criticism from the state's lone Democrat in Congress reflect a deep divide in Washington over efforts to overhaul the country's immigration system.

SOTU: Louisiana took on a prominent role during President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address, with special recognition for the Cajun Navy, U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a New Orleans-based Coast Guard member receiving the president's praise in particular.

Mike Johnson: The representative from Louisiana's 4th Congressional district turned 46 on the day of the State of the Union address and got a special 'happy birthday' for it.

Opioids: Overdose deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish increased in 2017 by 25 percent compared to the previous year, a harrowing upward trend that officials have linked to the growing prevalence of and addiction to opioid drugs.

Happening this week


  • Comite River Diversion Canal Project Task Force meets at 10 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Louisiana Historical Archives Task Force meets at 1 p.m. in Room A-B.


  • LSU Board of Supervisors meets at 10 a.m. at the administration building on the Baton Rouge campus. (Agenda here)

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