Republican lawmakers on the House budget committee bristled Wednesday at years of spending increases in Louisiana's health department, saying the agency needs to find ways to trim costs amid the state's continued budget gaps.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016
Over Sharon Weston Broome's two decades in the state Legislature, she developed an interest in children and families, victims of domestic violence and anti-abortion issues.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
A task force named by Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed Thursday that state aid for roads and bridges increase by $700 million per year, and that raising the state gasoline tax is the "most reliable" way to do so.
Monday, November 28, 2016
A $700 million yearly hike in state transportation spending would be a practical way to tackle Louisiana's road and bridge problems, state Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson said Monday.
Monday, November 21, 2016
State auditors couldn’t tell if the state Department of Justice properly spent $24.7 million last year because of inadequate documentation.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
The face that Louisiana opponents of Real ID put on their dartboards is that of Karen St. Germain, the commissioner who has run the Office of Motor Vehicles since January.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Contracts to provide health insurance next year for 10,000 state employees, retirees and their families are stalled because of the dispute over Gov. John Bel Edwards' LGBT anti-discrimination order.
A bikini-clad birthday cake prompted an irate state senator – during a legislative hearing Friday – to smash the confection and charge a couple of her colleagues with misogyny.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
After decades of locking 'em up on the way to Louisiana's tops-in-the-nation incarceration rate, a growing bipartisan coalition of state political and business leaders are pushing a criminal justice reform platform to cut prison populations and sh…
The five-elected members of the Louisiana Public Service Commission rejected a deal forwarded by their staff Thursday and opted instead to open an investigation into Baton Rouge Water Company violating orders and disconnecting nearly 3,000 custome…
Louisiana's transportation chief said Thursday taxpayers will experience "sticker shock" when they see how much is needed to improve roads and bridges, possibly around $700 million per year.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The courtroom battle over the power struggle between the governor and the attorney general will have to wait two weeks – partly because of gamesmanship between the two sides.
Monday, November 14, 2016
The head of Louisiana's largest film and television production studio says he hopes to see the sluggish movie-making industry rebound in the coming year after a steep downturn that followed changes to the state tax incentive program.
Monday, November 14, 2016
The cold, hard reality is setting in for TOPS recipients this week. They are receiving letters from colleges and universities reminding them that the popular scholarship program will only cover about 40 percent of their spring tuition.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Louisiana's $315 million deficit from last year was mainly driven by continuing dips in employment that are hammering personal income and business tax collections, the Legislature's chief economist said Thursday.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
The group tasked with crafting a long-range plan for stabilizing Louisiana's turbulent state finances has released its list of recommendations for the state Legislature to consider next year.
Monday, October 31, 2016
The state's $13 billion backlog of needed road and bridge work is mostly for highway work, heavily focused on south Louisiana, and will play a key role in the upcoming debate on how to improve transportation in Louisiana.
Friday, October 28, 2016
A state oversight board approved regulations Friday that codifies Gov. John Bel Edwards’s orders to dial back a lucrative tax break and allow local governments the ability to collect some of the billions of dollars in taxes owed by large corporations.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief budget architect said Friday that he fears Louisiana won't meet its income forecast this year, heaping new financial problems on a state already facing a $313 million deficit from last year.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Louisiana closed the books on the last budget year with a $313 million deficit, and state agencies and colleges are being asked to prepare for budget cuts of up to 10 percent of their state financing to close the gap.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Five vacant spaces at Cortana Mall have been temporarily transformed into Red Stick Retail Shop, which is offering free new clothing to thousands in the Baton Rouge area whose wardrobes were depleted from the August flood.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
A former Louisiana Cabinet official is fending off criticism about the way he managed a program to ensure seafood from the Gulf of Mexico was safe to eat after a massive oil spill in 2010.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Commissioner Jay Dardenne was discharged from the hospital Monday morning after spending the weekend in the hospital after suffering from heart attack symptoms.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Monday, October 03, 2016
A new audit finds Louisiana's Corrections Department paid $3.6 million over three years for a computer system to track inmates that never functioned properly and was shut down after a month.
After threatening to oust the contractor, Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has reached a renegotiated management deal with the operator of the LSU charity hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, the governor's chief lawyer said Monday.
HAVANA – Gov. John Bel Edwards stepped off a plane into what felt like back in time after a two-hour flight and more than four hour plane delay on Monday.
After years of controversy, the state Office of Motor Vehicles on Monday started issuing Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses, for those who choose one, without much hubbub.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry rejected 31 state contracts because they included language that protects gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
For the second time in as many months, the committee formed to revamp the way Louisiana government spends its money and taxes its people wants to postpone the release of its final suggestions.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry told Congress Tuesday that the fire chief killed last month in a wreck allegedly caused by an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally would “absolutely” be alive today but for what he calls "sanctuary city" po…
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Louisiana's attorney general says he has canceled contracts with attorneys involved in state suits against Chinese drywall companies, and is auditing nearly $7 million worth of contracts.
Louisiana conducted its first statewide survey of public college campuses on issues of violence and sexual assault, but so few students participated that the findings released Thursday don't provide much insight into campus safety.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Dr. Gadget, a habitué of daytime television, came to Baton Rouge Wednesday to distribute mosquito zappers to a thousand flood victims.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
Attorney General Jeff Landry and the Edwards administration squared off again Friday, but this time, legislators asked the two camps to play nice.
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Lawmakers are refusing to intervene in the latest budget dispute between Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration and Attorney General Jeff Landry.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
The major Democratic and Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate are mostly divided along party lines over how Congress should break a partisan deadlock that has prevented approval of federal money to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Monday, September 12, 2016
The state board that oversees a lucrative property tax break for manufacturers dating back to Huey Long’s time opted Monday to postpone decisions on several of the applications still in the pipeline after the governor ordered new standards.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Bayou Country Superfest, the country music festival that has rocked Tiger Stadium for the past six years, is scrambling to find a new home after LSU announced it's unable to provide the stadium as a venue for at least the next two years.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Republican state Rep. Kenny Havard asked Sunday that the governor and the Louisiana congressional delegation press for changes in law to allow flood victims to tap their retirement accounts without penalty.
“Obviously this disaster changes everything,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said Thursday while talking about the impact of heavy rains that turned into historic flooding last weekend.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Though Louisiana's state government officially wasn’t working Thursday, the pressure of paying expenses created by the historic flood catastrophe prompted officials to gather in the closed State Capitol to start the process for taking out a short-…
Friday, August 12, 2016
Harrah’s New Orleans Casino on Friday received the legislative nod necessary to start working on a new entertainment venue for young adults who now can’t enter the gambling establishment.