Less than a month away from the start of the 2019 legislative session, Mayor LaToya Cantrell's legislative agenda is being shaped by her push to divert millions of tax dollars from state-sponsored tourism and sports agencies to helping meet New Or…
A lot of Louisiana Legislators were surprised last year to learn that in their last-minute scuffle to fix the state budget, they had jettisoned sales tax holidays.
State legislators took a deep dive Tuesday into Louisiana’s stalled death penalty system, but it’s unclear what – if any – legislation may come out of the nearly five-hour Capitol hearing.
Labor organizations, non-profit groups and some small business owners have joined forces to take yet another run at convincing state legislators to overturn a 1999 state law that bars local governments from setting their own minimum wages.
Worried speed traps would hurt tourism Louisiana legislators and officials over the past dozen years have tried new laws, investigated police officers, even attempted shaming towns with flashing warning signs, all in hopes of tamping down the numb…
The Louisiana Legislature is convening again in five weeks, and while the focus of the 2019 regular session will be on finances, legislators also have been prefiling bills that address other issues, such as raising the legal age to smoke, loosenin…
Louisiana politicos have spent much time trying to root out the horde of profligates they say have fraudulently joined Medicaid. They’re going to have to find a new issue.
Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said Tuesday he would challenge an Edwards administration interpretation that state law forbids disclosing how many Medicaid enrollees could be making too much money to qualify for state/federal health i…
Fourth-graders in my kid’s school study slavery by running from classroom to classroom in a mock-up of the Underground Railroad, the series of secret trails and safe houses that helped spirit about 30,000 enslaved people from the South to freedom …
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is heading to the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, D.C. this weekend, where he is slated to take part in a panel discussion on disaster recovery.
In Gov. John Bel Edwards’ view, the state will have enough money in the coming year to fully-fund the popular Taylor Opportunity Program for Students scholarships, give school teachers a raise and boost funding for the Department of Children and F…
The state moved Monday evening to take over two more fiscally strapped municipalities, bringing to seven – the most ever – the number of towns to have their locally elected officials replaced by a state administrator.
Shortly before Christmas the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Louisiana was one of nine states that lost population with 10,840 fewer people as of July 1 than the year before.
As Louisiana agencies slashed spending on services over the last decade, state legislative offices managed to sock away hefty surpluses, quietly amassing $85 million in the bank without mentioning the money in their annual budget hearings.
After almost a year of trying to ward off a drinking water disaster, the governor’s emergency response team is now looking for help from the Louisiana Legislature.
Those around the country trying to comprehend a federal lawsuit over a referee’s call, or rather lack thereof, need look no further than the business community’s reaction to the Baton Rouge school board not embracing a $2 million tax break for one…
House Speaker Taylor Barras was described last week “as the ultimate gentleman” in the announcement that he would be the Mardi Gras Grand Marshal in his New Iberia hometown.
Louisiana Senate President John Alario likened the standoff over how much money state government has available to spend to the deadlock over the border wall that has shut down the federal government.
A steel-covered walkway is being installed at the State Capitol to protect visitors from getting plunked in the head by mortar chunks falling off the 86-year-old building.
An aggressive and ultimately controversial effort by Harrah’s New Orleans Casino to extend its operating license by 30 years died on the final day of the legislative session last year over uncertainty about whether the state was getting a good deal.
The main candidates that have entered the race for Louisiana governor are quickly staffing up with less than nine months to go until Election Day.
While public school teachers may get their first substantive pay hike in six years, low salaries are not a glaring issue for new teachers.
A lot of fingers were pointed when a special state committee convened last week to decide whether to take over the Natchitoches Parish village of Clarence, which has such a staggering debt that policemen have been laid off and drinking water is ab…
Bipartisan support is building around a plan to allow sports wagering in Louisiana casinos, but a host of issues have yet to be hashed out and it will likely be more than a year before the first bet is placed here.
Louisiana is only one week into its new regime for charging sales taxes for goods purchased over the internet and already some experts are saying they are bewildered by the new rules.
Convictions of serious felony crimes in Louisiana will require unanimous jury verdicts, "granny cams" could show up in nursing home rooms, and government agencies must have anti-sexual harassment policies, as two dozen state laws take effect Tuesday.
The Department of Revenue overstated the amount of money going into the state general fund, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, a contention with which Revenue Secretary Kimberly Lewis Robinson disagrees.
The “tort reform” idea being discussed so frequently by the Louisiana business community this Christmas season really started in mid-January 1995, about three days into George W. Bush’s tenure as Texas governor.
The four casinos that account for about half of Louisiana’s take can soon add more gambling machines under rules approved by a state board Thursday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said he disagrees with the state Ethics Board's recent decision to advise a state House candidate that she would face penalty if she uses her campaign fund to pay for a babysitter when she's hitting up fundraisers, forums and…
The procedures for how Louisiana will collect taxes on sales over the internet in two weeks were approved in a 5-2 vote Tuesday.
Louisiana House Speaker Taylor Barras is a piker when it comes to legislative obstruction — at least when compared to assemblies in the upper Midwest.
Louisiana legislators have been quietly toiling away for more than a year on an exhaustive review of funds in the state budget that are locked up by law.
Angered by the “NCIS: New Orleans” production crew banging into trees near his Uptown home and yelling at a neighbor’s child, the chairman of one of the Louisiana Legislature’s most powerful committees asked state officials Thursday to come up wit…
Without discussion, a bipartisan and bicameral panel of Louisiana lawmakers on Thursday acknowledged that the state budget projection won't be upgraded this year.
Louisiana Senate President John Alario recalls a time when lawmakers huddled on the House floor to resolve budget debates by deciding the price of oil.
About $43 million in spending, mainly earmarked for public safety programs, is stalled in the disagreement between Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republican leaders over state income projections.
Jim Richardson, the LSU economist who has served on the panel that forecasts how much revenue the state will collect each year, has announced that he is stepping down from the role he's held for more than three decades.
Just when it seemed fights over Louisiana's state budget had become a thing of the past, tempers flared again at the State Capitol on Tuesday over better-than-anticipated revenue collections.
Louisiana legislators earlier this year quietly approved a new law meant to establish protections for "skilled" gamblers, including those who count cards when playing Blackjack — a practice made popular in films like 21 and Rain Man.
A federal judge has blocked Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban that served as the basis for a similar law in Louisiana.
Chris John, the face of big oil in Louisiana for the past decade, announced Tuesday he would leave the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association at the end of the year.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration told lawmakers Friday a computer upgrade will address concerns the Medicaid program has spent millions on people not eligible for the coverage, and the system improvements won praise from the state's top auditor.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says it's good that the state ended its most recent budget cycle with a surplus, despite some pushback from Republican critics who have argued that the news means the state's finances were not as dire as the Edwards' administ…
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry would like to see Google, Facebook and other major social media behemoths broken up like the federal government did to Standard Oil more than a century ago.
Several lawmakers bid good riddance to the outgoing manager of the state-owned, safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana, saying Tuesday that they expected a new oversight deal to improve the facilities.