Construction of the long-awaited Comite River Diversion Canal will begin in two or three weeks.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Monday, July 16, 2018
After teetering on the brink of more bad news, Louisiana's credit rating outlook is trending more positively because lawmakers agreed to extend part of an expiring sales tax hike to shore up the state's finances.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Landry is no stranger as a guest on conservative radio and television shows, but on Wednesday he slipped into the role of host and took over an Acadiana airwaves for two hours.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
While many high-profile national issues have taken the spotlight since President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, any shift in the makeup of the nation's high court also will have an imp…
Barely changed from last year, about one out of three public school students in 2018 reached Louisiana's latest target for educational achievement, according to results released Tuesday.
Sunday, July 08, 2018
In the two years since Louisiana expanded its Medicaid health care program, more than 400 women enrolled have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are receiving treatment.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
With the fiscal cliff under control for at least a few years, legislators and the governor took off on vacation leaving the State Capitol quiet, at least as far as governing issues go.
Abortions could be banned immediately in Louisiana if the U.S. Supreme Court one day overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision — a previously distant possibility that has become tangible now that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the court.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
First, the good news for consumers in Louisiana: Since July 1, you’ve been paying slightly lower sales taxes than you had been for the past two-plus years.
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
During the waning weeks of the regular legislative session, a bill sought by owners of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino ran into headwinds in the state Senate over growing concerns that it favored Harrah’s at the expense of state taxpayers.
Louisiana consumers should get another Christmas where taxes aren't collected on many internet purchases. But after the beginning of the new year, the state hopes to charge taxes for all direct website sales by vendors in other states.
Monday, July 02, 2018
Louisiana’s credit outlook improved Monday for one of the big Wall Street rating firms in the wake of a legislative session that extended nearly half of an expiring sales tax for seven years.
Louisiana upgraded its website to track government spending, gave it a new name and user-friendly, graphics-focused look that lawmakers hope will draw more people to review how the state use taxpayer dollars.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
When the Louisiana Legislature left the State Capitol on June 25 with an agreement to continue nine-twentieths, or 0.45 percent, of an expiring 1-cent sales tax set to expire, lawmakers were relieved.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Louisiana voters have a long history of electing fix-it governors to handle tough situations, then turning them out after a single term.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Small businesses and the self-employed in Louisiana could soon have access to new health insurance plans as a result of a Trump administration order expanding access to Association Health Plans.
A state board gave final approval Wednesday to changes in the handling of a controversial 80-year-old tax break for manufacturers.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Louisiana's health department is sloppy in monitoring billions of dollars in payments to private companies that manage care for 1.5 million of the state's Medicaid patients, according to a new audit.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Louisiana lawmakers not only passed a tax deal to avert immediate and deep budget cuts, they backed an agreement in the latest special session that gives the state more financial certainty than it's had in years.
Faced with the potential of yet another frustrating legislative meltdown, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican factions in the Louisiana House met Thursday afternoon in the members’ lounge, just off the chamber floor.
The resolution of Louisiana's latest budget crisis spared two key education programs that earlier faced drastic cuts, officials said Monday.
Today in The Rundown: The Legislature has wrapped up another special session — this time agreeing to renew a sales tax hike to prop up the state's perpetually distressed budget until at least 2025.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
With just days to spare, the Louisiana Legislature has voted to extend a sales tax hike through 2025 to narrowly avoid a revenue shortfall that threatened deep cuts to state services when the new budget takes effect July 1.
The people who won lawsuits against the state didn’t share in last week’s fretting over whether they would get paid like those who worried about funding for TOPS, prosecutors, prisons and other vital government services.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was in quite a jovial mood Sunday night during a news conference in which he touted the Legislature passing a budget for 2019 that fully funds the state's enormously popular TOPS scholarship program.
It didn't take long for news to spread Sunday that the Louisiana Legislature passed a budget that fully funds the state's mega popular TOPS scholarship program.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
In the 1980s, baseball fans started mimicking team owners by gathering with friends to pick players from any active roster to create their own teams in an activity known as rotisserie baseball.
A last-ditch effort to shore up the state's finances has crossed another hurdle, setting the stage for the Senate to take up a sales tax measure and budget bill on the floor Sunday afternoon.
Friday, June 22, 2018
After years of special sessions and temporary budget patches, the Louisiana Legislature appears to be on track to shore up the state's finances through at least 2025, with the House passage Friday of a sales tax deal that has eluded the chamber in…
A Democratic state senator from New Orleans has proposed legislation calling on Gov. John Bel Edwards to recall Louisiana National Guard troops and other assets from the Texas-Mexico border until issues are resolved related to the Trump administra…
Today in The Rundown: The latest in the Legislature's special session; a possible but still uncertain revenue boost thanks to SCOTUS; a senator heads to Russia; a congressman gets a Trump endorsement; and everything else you need to know in Louisi…
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Louisiana House members find themselves in a familiar position with just days to go in the third special session of the year.
Louisiana is one of the states that can begin collecting taxes on retail sales over the internet after a Thursday ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Today in The Rundown: The House has three tax measures to consider as it attempts again to address the fiscal cliff; Louisiana loses its incarceration crown; College students rally at the Capitol; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana …
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Students held a rally outside the State Capitol on Wednesday evening to demand that legislators provide adequate state aid for colleges and universities.
After many years as the nation’s leading jailer, Louisiana has ceded that ignominious title to Oklahoma.
Three sales tax measures are heading to the House floor as the Louisiana Legislature tries once more to prevent deep cuts to state services, with less than a week left in the third special session of the year.
A modest move towards convening a convention to rewrite the state constitution was again shot down, this time by a House committee.
Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers spend first full day of special session rehashing topics from previous ones; 'Aggressive' schedule plotted for rest of week; details on new teacher prep; and more Louisiana politics news today.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The Louisiana Legislature's third special session of the year — described as a final shot at shoring up the state's finances before July 1 — is off to a tepid start, despite a rapidly approaching deadline and mounting frustrations at the Capitol.
Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers have kicked off the third special session of the year but it may be a couple of days before any votes take place; efforts to address St. Joseph water woes face another hurdles; Louisiana's Congressional delegation r…
Monday, June 18, 2018
Louisiana taxpayers ponied up nearly $10 million to replace a system that was delivering lead-laden drinking water in the antebellum town of St. Joseph.
The Louisiana Legislature has begun its third special session of the year — a last-ditch attempt to address the $650 million budget gap the state faces when more than $1 billion in temporary taxes expire at the end of the month.