Today in The Rundown: Advocate surveying readers on election issues; a plan for coastal restoration spending; continued fall-out from the Saints' season-ender; and more in Louisiana politics news today.
Days until the start of the legislative session: 74
Days until election day: 261
LAGov: Help improve our coverage heading into 2019 with this survey about what issues are important to you in the governor race. http://bit.ly/2CBIvzx
ITEP: ExxonMobil has announced it will drop its pending requests for property tax breaks in Baton Rouge and warned the “uncertainty” surrounding tax incentives could deter future spending at its local plants. http://bit.ly/2CEnG6r
Coastal issues: Gov. John Bel Edwards announced plans Wednesday for spending about $350 million in coastal dollars, including money to accelerate a nearly half-century-old project to protect LaPlace and nearby areas. http://bit.ly/2CGpVpX
Education: Louisiana's top school board has approved $700,000 aimed at giving local leaders more input in the state's bid to expand access to early childhood care and education. http://bit.ly/2CI7xwT
Saints: The missed call in Sunday's NFC Championship game prompted the governor to send a letter to the commissioner of the NFL. Read it here: http://bit.ly/2CG1IQo
Abortion: Attorney General Jeff Landry says a new law in on track to take effect next week that could further limit access to abortion in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/2B0AOD3
Harassment: A task force reviewing the state's sexual harassment policies started meeting this week. http://bit.ly/2WgIAkS
At the Capitol
- Louisiana Tax Commission meets at 10 a.m. in Room E.
- Louisiana Historical Archives Task Force meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room A-B.
- Gov. John Bel Edwards meets with The Advocate editorial board in New Orleans this afternoon.
Louisiana teachers flirted with the idea of going on strike last year, but ultimately decided against going through with the walkout. However, many other parts of the country saw an unprecedented wave of teacher activism. https://t.co/sqr2adzXIS #lalege #lagov— LA Budget Project (@LABudgetProject) January 23, 2019
Thanks to JF Gauthier Elem. and Fifth Ward Junior HS for celebrating Carnival season during our virtual visits this morning with the book “The Adventures of The Swamp Kids Pierre’s Pirogue Parade” by Louisiana author Leif Nedland Pedersen and illustrator Tim Banfell.📚 pic.twitter.com/QFaSwIFaTO— Donna Edwards (@FirstLadyOfLA) January 24, 2019