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Snow dusts trees near the State Capitol during a "Sneaux Day", Friday, December 8, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.

Today in The Rundown: News on the state budget negotiations; a look at what's next on transportation efforts; a court case involving the Legislature finally gets heard in court; and more Louisiana politics news.

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Countdown…

Days until Gov. Edwards releases his executive budget recommendation: 10

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 62

The News

Budget: Discussions between Gov. John Bel Edwards and state lawmakers continue as the window narrows for addressing the "fiscal cliff." http://bit.ly/2CT2exr

Transportation: Seven months after their push for a hike in the state gas tax died, road and bridge advocates are scrambling to see what, if any, other options are available for traffic relief. http://bit.ly/2CX9t7G

Congress: Here's U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on the weekend retreat with President Trump and priorities this year (via AP). http://bit.ly/2CVQBGh

LaLege in court: 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. http://bit.ly/2CUlvyz

ICYMI: The state has paid nearly $1.3 million to settle sexual harassment claims in the past decade. http://bit.ly/2lZoBWE

Happening this week

Today

  • Public Retirement Systems Actuarial Committee meets at 9 a.m. in Room A-B.
  • Joint Insurance meets at 10 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards will attend and speak at the Nashville to the Rescue for Nick Tullier fundraiser and concert in support of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputy who was wounded in an ambush attack on law enforcement officers in July 2016.

Wednesday

  • LaSTEM Advisory Council meets at 9 a.m. in Baton Rouge .

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