Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday unveiled a complicated and dramatic restructuring of Louisiana’s much-maligned tax system, proposing to lower some tax rates in exchange for eliminating many tax breaks and making businesses subject to a new tax …
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Democrats and the Edwards administration are taking yet another swing at establishing a statewide minimum wage and at ensuring women are not paid less than men for the same work.
Gov. John Bel Edwards publicly releases the much-awaited details of his tax overhaul package at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lawmakers will have less than two weeks to digest his recommendations before they convene on April 10 for a 60-day regular session…
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Environmentalists and industrialists find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder as they try to maintain a tax credit for low-emission vehicles.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards is pushing back the public release of his tax overhaul package, probably until Wednesday, the governor’s spokesman said Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
If New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno succeeds in her latest attempt to update the state’s domestic violence law, she may very well have to thank a wife-beater for overcoming the gun lobby’s lock on the Louisiana Legislature.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Here’s something to ponder the next time you dine out or shop for a new shirt: Louisiana has the highest sales tax rate in the country.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Louisiana senators Wednesday told state health officials to go back to the drawing board and find other money for budget cuts rather than eliminating a program that helps thousands of children and teenagers with mental health issues.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Louisiana state lawmakers have asked auditors to review a decade of financial documents from the prison rodeo held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.
The head of a nonpartisan legislative office that digs into the spending of state and local government agencies warned state lawmakers Tuesday that he's teetering on the financial edge.
With more than 45,000 flood victims still living with relatives, the state Tuesday launched a statewide effort to find property owners and landlords who can provide short and long term housing.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards settled on proposing to replace the state’s corporate tax on profits with a corporate tax on sales in part because voters in November rejected a different overhaul of the way Louisiana taxes businesses, the state's revenue se…
Legislative leaders told higher education officials Monday they hope to fully fund the TOPS college tuition program in next year's budget, rather than leaving students with only a portion of their tuition paid.
In an unusual move, Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to piggyback on the bills of key state lawmakers to tackle Louisiana's road and bridge problems in an increasingly toxic political environment.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
The reelection of the man detractors call “the accidental governor” may be more than 30 months away, but the campaign's outcome will be written over the next four.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Independent study after independent study has found that Louisiana's high-profile tax subsidy program to bring Hollywood productions to the Pelican State has been a victim of its own success.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards wants to dramatically revamp Louisiana’s tax system when the Legislature meets next month by replacing the current corporate tax on income with a corporate tax on sales, according to administration officials.
Louisiana, which has a higher incarceration rate than any state in the country or any nation in the world, could shed 13 percent of its prison population and save taxpayers $150 million in the process over the next 10 years, leaders of a criminal …
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
A Baton Rouge lawmaker and others are preparing legislation to increase the state's gasoline tax by up to 17 cents per gallon, which would raise more than $500 million annually for roads and bridges.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
A different kind of gun debate is shaping up in the gun-loving Louisiana Legislature, and this time toy pistols are the target.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards and state legislators ended the nine-day special session Wednesday by settling on a plan that solved a midyear budget deficit but left frayed nerves and satisfied no one.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Louisiana Legislature closed a $304 million mid-year budget deficit after a short special session on Wednesday, and now legislators are beginning work on the next budget cycle.
The Louisiana House took a few minutes during the last day of special session to honor Good Samaritan Vickie Williams-Tillman and the Baton Rouge Police officer she recently helped, drawing national headlines.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Louisiana lawmakers have less than a day left to decide how the state will close a $304 million mid-year budget deficit, and though negotiations appeared to be moving in a positive direction, the fight ultimately could come down to a battle over f…
Despite Gov. John Bel Edwards’ attempts to rein in a lucrative tax break, manufacturers were awarded more exemptions in 2016 than ever before.
Monday, February 20, 2017
The Louisiana Legislature appears to have struck a tentative agreement to closing the state's $304 million mid-year deficit as the clock winds down on the nine-day special session.
The Louisiana Legislature's efforts to close a $304 million midyear shortfall in the state budget have entered the final stretch after lawmakers worked through the weekend to advance a plan.
Frustrated by efforts to recall a St. Tammany Parish coroner and Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, a state legislator proposed a measure that would make it easier to kick an elected official out of office.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Plans are afoot to charge state government employees who smoke $600 more for their health insurance because the state can’t afford the necessary premium increases.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday that, while Louisiana faces huge road and bridge problems, he is not ready to spell out how much he will recommend to improve transportation.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Embattled state Sen. Troy Brown announced his resignation Thursday saving the state Senate what was expected to be a bruising battle next week to expel him.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
State senators shot down every request for evidence – even a list of possible witnesses – during their initial hearing Wednesday in a historic effort to discipline one of their own.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
House Republican leaders on Tuesday privately proposed covering a mid-year budget deficit in part by cutting spending on K-12 schools, public colleges and universities and the prison system but then withdrew the plan in the face of strenuous objec…
Louisiana's special legislative session enters it second day Tuesday as lawmakers continue to focus on the No. 1 issue: the state budget.
Monday, February 13, 2017
The state Senate will begin considering on Wednesday two competing resolutions – one to suspend, the other to expel – Sen. Troy Brown, who had pleaded no contest in two different cases involving domestic violence.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
State government is spending too much money, says a leading Republican lawmaker, as he touts an analysis of his own, which shows that state spending has increased at nearly twice the national inflation rate over the past 14 years.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Two senators have prepared competing resolutions to either expel or suspend state Sen. Troy Brown, who has pleaded no contest to domestic battery, during the special session that begins Monday.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Then-state Rep. John Bel Edwards complained year after year that Gov. Bobby Jindal wasn’t serious about solving the state’s budget problems because he repeatedly relied on gimmicks and one-time money to close funding gaps.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards wants $119 million from the rainy day fund to balance the state budget during the upcoming special session, but he has yet to win the support of moderate House Republicans, who will decide his plan’s fate.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
The recipe has always been the same. Take a couple of legislators, a few do-gooders and form a blue-ribbon panel on some thorny issue we’d rather avoid. Stir in several meetings, gather a few facts for proof, then issue a vanilla-laden report. Set…
Friday, January 27, 2017
When the Louisiana Legislature begins a 10-day special session on Feb. 13, the key question facing lawmakers is whether to solve the short-term budget crisis by tapping into the state’s rainy day fund.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
A blue-ribbon panel is planning to issue a stinging denunciation of Louisiana’s tax system on Thursday, when it meets to approve a final report that follows nearly a year of study.