Today in The Rundown: Taxes coming up in the special session; lawmakers eye statutory dedications; Questions raised over Southern University’s campus conditions; and more.

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Countdown…

Today is the 10th day of the special session.

Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 10

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 19

The News

Taxes: Lawmakers are slated to take up tax proposals in committee today. http://bit.ly/1SP0mqr

Budget crunch: Some legislators are pushing to remove statutory dedications. http://bit.ly/1SP0jLt

Contracts: Legislation is moving forward that aims to rein in the state’s contracts. http://bit.ly/1SP0ndU

Higher Ed: Southern University’s campus has been called out for potentially hazardous conditions after years of financial neglect from the state. http://bit.ly/1SP0qXb

Sports: The state Legislature is pushing ahead with a change to an incentive program that could help Louisiana attract the SEC baseball tournament. http://bit.ly/1SP0qGD

Education: For the second time in recent weeks, a report says Louisiana’s voucher program hurts the classroom performance of students who receive them. http://bit.ly/1SP0pmg

Burl Cain: The former Angola warden is set to draw a paycheck through August. http://bit.ly/1SP0vdy

Transportation: Hearings continue on efforts to improve I-10. http://bit.ly/1SP0lTn

Early vote: Voting in the presidential primary is underway in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1mU83xx

ICYMI: State Rep. Nancy Landry’s recent selection to lead the powerful House Education Committee triggered criticism from leaders of Louisiana’s two teachers unions. http://bit.ly/21l9XGY

Today at the Capitol

House and Senate are scheduled to convene at 5 p.m.

House Committees

  • Appropriations meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Ways and Means meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Judiciary C meets at 9:30 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Finance meets at 2 p.m. in Room A-B.
  • Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets at 3 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.

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