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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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.

Budget crunch: Some legislators are pushing to remove statutory dedications.

Contracts: Legislation is moving forward that aims to rein in the state’s contracts.

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

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

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

Burl Cain: The former Angola warden is set to draw a paycheck through August.

Transportation: Hearings continue on efforts to improve I-10.

Early vote: Voting in the presidential primary is underway in Louisiana.

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.

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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