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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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…
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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.
Even as legislators excoriated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the failure to build the Comite River Diversion Canal, experts told a committee Wednesday that the long-delayed project would not be the silver bullet to solve flooding in the Bat…
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards put down his coffee cup to better poke his finger in punctuation of his contention that a sizable number of Republican representatives lacked courage.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Republicans in the Louisiana House are aiming to offer actual proposals next month that would cut spending if the Legislature, as expected, goes into a special session to eliminate a budget shortfall.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Embattled state Sen. Troy Brown apologized for abusing his wife but said in a prepared statement Friday that he would fight any effort to expel him from the Louisiana Senate.
In something of a political Hail Mary, the chairman of the state House Transportation Committee said he plans to file legislation that would dramatically boost state aid for roads and bridges without increasing Louisiana's gasoline tax.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The day after state Sen. Troy Brown pleaded no contest to domestic abuse battery, much of the talk among legislators was about how to react.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Louisiana lawmakers appear to be heading toward another special session next month to try to shore up the state budget, Gov. John Bel Edwards indicated on Wednesday.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Somewhat like Brigadoon, the village of Broadway musical fame that reemerges for a short time every century or so, you have to drive down a misty road off the main highway to reach the once-idyllic town of Saint Joseph.
Friday, January 06, 2017
In its final report, a task force named by Gov. John Bel Edwards said a yearly $700 million tax and fee hike for roads and bridges is needed because "nibbling around the edges" will not solve transportation problems that have sparked complaints st…
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
A government-financed nonprofit aimed at improving Louisiana's health information technology is suing the state health department, saying the agency hasn't paid $12 million in promised funding and the health secretary has damaged the nonprofit's r…
Gov. John Bel Edwards used the traditional congratulatory meeting with the newest members of the Louisiana’s congressional delegation to discuss flood relief.
Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, will begin charging Louisiana customers sales taxes on Jan. 1, the head of the Department of Revenue said Tuesday.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Like thousands of students statewide, LSU sophomore Jason Badeaux is scrambling to come up with money for the second semester amid unprecedented state budget cuts.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Nearly half a million dollars has been spent wining and dining state legislators this year — roughly $3,300 in lobbyist spending per lawmaker — as the Louisiana Legislature spent a record-setting 19 weeks in session sorting through the state's fis…
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration and state legislators cut a last-minute deal Thursday to modestly lessen funding cuts for colleges and universities that were needed to balance the state budget.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
In one of the boldest moves of his eight years as governor, Bobby Jindal essentially privatized the state agency that handled taxpayer-funded health insurance for a quarter million state government workers, teachers, judges, retirees and their families.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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.
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.