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Southeastern Louisiana University students clown around with the school's lion mascot at the University of Louisiana System Day at the State Capitol, Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Today in The Rundown: REC agrees to updated revenue estimate; higher ed leaders defend escalating student fees; arrest made in recent church fires; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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The Countdown…

Days until the session must end: 56

Days until election day: 184

The News

State budget: House Republican leaders, after repeatedly blocking past attempts, have allowed an increase in the state's revenue projection for the coming budget cycle. http://bit.ly/2uVxmGj

Higher ed: Facing questions from state lawmakers, university leaders defended the rapidly escalating student fees that they are charging after years of cuts to universities' budgets. http://bit.ly/2uX34mv

Law enforcement: An arrest has been made in connection with the recent spate of church fires in St. Landry Parish. http://bit.ly/2uVN7Nn

Happening today

  • House is out until 4 p.m. Monday, and the Senate reconvenes at 5 p.m. Monday.
  • Louisiana Sales and Use Tax Commission for Remote Sellers meets at 1:30 p.m. at thee LaSalle Building.

Governor's schedule

  • 10 a.m.: Law enforcement update on church fires at St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office in Opelousas.
  • Noon: PAR Conference and Luncheon at Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge
  • 4 p.m.: Governor’s Mansion Afternoon Easter Egg Hunt (Closed Media)

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