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: 34
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 169
Days until the runoff (as needed): 198
Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor is slated to appear at the Rutherford County Tennessee GOP Reagan Day event today. http://bit.ly/1ETkzlL
He will have a press briefing with Louisiana reporters before he leaves.
Tomorrow, he’s slated to take part in the South Carolina Freedom Summit. http://bit.ly/1ETkE9d
Big story: Supporters of the state’s colleges and universities came up as big winners Thursday when the Louisiana House approved a series of changes in the state’s tax laws that would raise $664 million next year. http://bit.ly/LATaxDayUpdates
Higher Ed: Here’s a roundup of what higher education leaders had to say about the House’s revenue-generating measures: http://bit.ly/1Im1Ul3
Marriage and Conscience Act: Rep. Mike Johnson’s controversial, Jindal-backed religious freedom bill has drawn more business opposition and New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s ire. http://bit.ly/1IljwNY
Transportation: Without fanfare, a powerful Senate committee Thursday approved a bill that would end plans to move about $400 million per year from the state’s general revenue fund to one for roads and bridges only. http://bit.ly/1DVarVL
Film tax credits: The Louisiana Senate on Thursday endorsed a series of bills revamping the state’s film tax credit program. http://bit.ly/1IlpRJ8
Auction block: The Jindal administration will sell another 201 state vehicles at auction Saturday. http://bit.ly/1DVaMrE
State employees: The Louisiana House has kept alive the potential of a cost-of-living increase in the pension checks for more than 100,000 retired state employees and teachers. http://bit.ly/1DVapNv
No White Flags: Former Saints safety Steve Gleason addressed the House in an emotional, inspiring break from the tax talk Thursday: http://bit.ly/1DV9fBR
DC: Former New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo would take a permanent position as an U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary, if the U.S. Senate confirms her appointment. http://bit.ly/1DV9DjJ
From Twitter ….
— skooks (@skooks) May 7, 2015
- Gov. Jay Dardenne, candidate for governor, continues his tour across the state with more stops to mark National Tourism Week.
- The LSU Board of Supervisors meets at 10 a.m.
- It’s graduation day at Southern Unoversity! State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome will speak. http://bit.ly/1PuIwCV
The House and Senate have wrapped up their week. They?ll return Monday, with the House Appropriations and Ways & Means committees scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. to continue work on the state budget crisis.