Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
Not only did Louisiana's lone residential high school weather its name change after an angry legislative battle last year.
Fretting over the possibility of a fiscal nightmare, state lawmakers are behind their usual pace in preparing for the regular legislative session.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Though not real excited about what he expects to be a 10 percent cut in the operating budget of the state’s parks and historical sites, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser does see a chance to fulfill a long-held dream to privatize.
Friday, January 12, 2018
A fight between City Hall and the Municipal Police Employees Retirement System has called into question a distinction that Baton Rouge officials started making 18 years ago to label the type of overtime police officers work and allow some of those…
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Louisiana's governor Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to shield states' medical marijuana programs from federal prosecutors, urging him to "ensure the safe distribution of this life-changing form of treatment."
Monday, January 08, 2018
After seven years of delays over legal technicalities, a trial court Monday finally heard arguments about the constitutionality of the Louisiana Legislature using fees paid for a specific purpose to help balance the state’s annual budget.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards drew a Jan. 19 line in the sand for Louisiana House Republicans to put up or shut up.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
On the eve of releasing proposed bills that would bring riverboat casinos on land and expand gambling floor space, members of a task force Tuesday sought — and received — commitments from regional economic development officials to help with what i…
Monday, December 18, 2017
A special election to fill the legislative seat of Chris Broadwater is scheduled for Feb. 17, House Speaker Taylor Barras said in a proclamation Monday.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Louisiana's income projections improved Thursday, but state officials were muted in their excitement because a nearly $1 billion budget gap still looms next year.
Saturday, December 02, 2017
With all the recent disclosures of bad behavior by powerful men, it was only a matter of time before sexual harassment allegations came to Louisiana government.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Over the last decade, Louisiana has sharply increased its payments to nursing homes even as occupancy rates have stayed flat and quality-of-care rankings have hovered near the bottom, according to a report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislat…
Friday, November 17, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Louisiana legislators will be asked Friday morning to approve doubling the cost of life insurance, starting Jan. 1, for most retired state workers.
A federal judge this week cut one Louisiana abortion law from a suit filed by an abortion clinic and its doctors, and narrowed challenges to four other laws.
State House Republicans have submitted proposed changes they want made to deals with private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients, as the lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over the m…
Louisiana faces rising driver frustrations, more expensive projects and poorly-rated roads and bridges because of the death of a push to increase the state gas tax, state transportation chief Shawn Wilson said Thursday.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
In a word, Gov. John Bel Edwards told a gathering of advocates Thursday that he would order his state economic development agency to require companies seeking tax exemptions to do so in writing and to post those requests online within three days.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Millions of dollars in Louisiana state taxes have been freed from an escrow account after the chemical industry lost its lawsuit challenging a 2015 sales tax change.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Arguing that the state Senate gamed the open meetings law, lawyers for laid-off workers Tuesday asked a state appellate court to uphold two lower court's invalidation of a resolution that led to the closing of a charity hospital more than three ye…
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
State prosecutors are raising alarms about a legislative audit that found the system used to keep track inmates is riddled with problems, including trouble accurately calculating dates when inmates are to be released.
In the first nine months of 2017, about two billion gallons of water pumped out of the aquifer that runs beneath East Baton Rouge Parish went to customers in Ascension and Iberville parishes.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Starting at midnight and going throughout Wednesday morning, more than 1,900 convicted inmates are walking out of prisons across the state before their sentence is completed.
Running up to deadline, officials spent Tuesday in a scramble to figure out how much water Baton Rouge Water Company pumps in East Baton Rouge and sells to customers in Ascension Parish.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Editor's note: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will take up a case that could make sports betting widely available. New Jersey is challenging a federal law that bars states from authorizing sports gambling. A decision is expected by the end of June.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Lawmakers postponed a decision Friday on whether to extend lucrative contracts for the five managed-care companies that coordinate health services for most state Medicaid patients, saying they want more details about deals that are among the large…
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Louisiana's health department wants to keep the five managed-care companies that coordinate health services for most state Medicaid patients in place, extending the lucrative government contracts for another two years.
Louisiana has more wiggle room to borrow money next year for state-financed construction projects, a brightened forecast presented Thursday that replaced grim projections of a cash crunch so deep it threatened to stall nearly all projects.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Perhaps feeling that voters are reaching the end of their tolerance for dysfunctional government, Louisiana House members of both parties gathered Thursday to talk about how to deal with the impending “fiscal cliff.”
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
After trying dozens of ways to get her elderly parents out of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico over the past three weeks, Zelideth Jimenez Ceasar had all but given up hope.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Friday, October 06, 2017
Local law enforcement officials are bracing for the release of the first group of inmates – about 1,400 convicts – under the new criminal justice system that was passed and signed into law earlier this year.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
It was an idea from one state treasurer that dominated budget negotiations for months only to be quietly sidelined earlier this year by the concerns of another state treasurer and likely will be resurrected by the person elected next state treasur…
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
In six weeks, the group in charge of the aquifer that serves as Baton Rouge's water supply is due to present a report to the state; what they'll turn over remains to be seen.
Friday, September 15, 2017
A Louisiana lawmaker will pay a $37,000 fine to the state treasury over three years, under an agreement approved Friday in which he acknowledges misspending the dollars from his campaign account to "fund a gambling habit."
Monday, September 11, 2017
Louisiana's Medicaid program improperly paid $4.2 million over a five-year period for laboratory services and tests that shouldn't have been covered, according to an audit released Monday.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
President Donald Trump sounded like he was running for the Louisiana Legislature when he told Republican leaders last week: “We're going to reduce taxes for companies, and those companies are going to produce jobs.”
Friday, September 08, 2017
Two years have passed since Louisiana legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes but contracting a company to grow the plants is proving more difficult than expected.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The state’s strategy for keeping peace at Louisiana’s only facility caring for the intellectually disabled received a crippling blow in a legal action held behind closed courtroom doors.
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Now that the wicked weather has passed, Louisiana this week shifts focus to the financial storm threatening to swamp TOPS, the popular grants that keep public colleges and universities nearly free for students with modest academic achievements.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Greg Albrecht fields a lot of stupid questions as the Louisiana Legislature’s economist, but his voice takes on a special patience when talking sales tax holidays.
Nicholls State University President Bruce Murphy, like the heads of several public colleges in Louisiana, faces something of conundrum: Is he going to have to use tuition students pay for their education to cover overhead expenses for state government?
Monday, August 21, 2017
Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni sent a caustic letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards last week, accusing him of spitefully vetoing a top-priority drainage project in Jefferson to send a message to conservative foes in the Legislature.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
For the first time in nine years, Louisiana lawmakers tapped the brakes in June and left higher education’s finances alone as they were approving the state budget.