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.
Friday, January 13, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.