Louisiana House Speaker Taylor Barras is a piker when it comes to legislative obstruction — at least when compared to assemblies in the upper Midwest.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
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.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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…
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Without discussion, a bipartisan and bicameral panel of Louisiana lawmakers on Thursday acknowledged that the state budget projection won't be upgraded this year.
Saturday, December 08, 2018
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.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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.
Friday, November 16, 2018
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.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
State lawmakers are betting that they can successfully revive efforts to legalize sports wagering in Louisiana, as neighboring Mississippi reaps potentially millions from Louisiana's inaction on the issue earlier this year.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Louisiana and federal officials on Thursday held a town hall meeting to raise awareness of the dangers of financial exploitation of the elderly and new protections in state law that may make it easier to prevent.
Monday, October 08, 2018
Louisiana spent more than $1 billion on tax breaks for people and corporations during the budget cycle that ended in July.
Thursday, October 04, 2018
A state House panel earlier this year nixed efforts to allow customers to purchase wine or beer when they order dinner through a food delivery app, but a task force that includes various stakeholders of the idea has been plodding through the detai…
Monday, October 01, 2018
Ten states began charging sales taxes on Internet purchases Monday, but Louisiana wasn't one of them because leaders are still working on efforts to modernize its collecting system.
Louisiana has been picked to host the 2019 Southern Republican Leadership Conference — one of the biggest GOP events leading up to presidential elections.
State health officials found no significant lead levels in the drinking water of a dozen of Louisiana’s oldest public school buildings, the state’s health chief told The Advocate Monday.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
State Rep. Rob Shadoin, a Ruston Republican who has been an ally of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, is leaving the state House to work for the Edwards administration.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Like those Nextdoor social media sites where your neighbors whine about the way things used to be, the Louisiana Legislature’s largely negative reaction has overshadowed news of an actual surplus after 15 mid-year deficits over a span of nine years.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration plans to work with legislative leaders to develop a plan for the $300 million-plus surplus that the state anticipates from the budget year that ended June 30.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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…
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Louisiana is setting itself up for a massive lawsuit if the state, as planned, starts charging sales taxes on internet purchases Jan. 1 and doesn’t dramatically alter the way those taxes are collected and remitted, according to a respected Washing…
Friday, September 14, 2018
Louisiana will have a surplus topping $300 million from the last budget year when the final numbers are settled next month, the state's treasurer said Friday.
Monday, September 10, 2018
House Speaker Taylor Barras is defending Attorney General Jeff Landry's decision to wade into another attempt to gut the federal Affordable Care Act, after Gov. John Bel Edwards rebuked Landry's latest legal action and appearance on national television.
Friday, September 07, 2018
A year after defaulting on its agreement with Louisiana, IBM narrowly met its hiring goals for its Baton Rouge center in 2018 as part of a revised agreement with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
A special committee is grading bids from banks to handle $600 million worth of financing for highway improvements – but not from the nation’s two largest underwriters.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Former Congressman Cleo Fields, who was notably caught on video stuffing nearly $20,000 in cash from Edwin Edwards in his pockets in 1997, appears to be preparing to make another run for public office.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Louisiana voters this fall will decide whether it's important to be able to vote for a crook or if they want ex-cons to have to wait awhile before they can run for office.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
The Grand Isle State Park was moments from being closed in late June. Now, it’s getting a $6.1 million facelift.
Friday, August 24, 2018
Another of the big three credit rating agencies found Friday that Louisiana’s financial position is sounder than it has been in years because earlier this summer state government finally was able to take the necessary steps that ended years of bud…
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Corrections made to fix astronomical levels of lead in the drinking water of Tensas Parish schools appear to have worked, the state health agency reported Thursday.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Department of Children and Family Services officials got what they wanted this summer when Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, passed a bill setting up a panel to study raising the age of foster care eligibility from 18 to 21.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Local and parish taxing authorities — whether they like it or not — are going to have to forgive taxes on the sales of guns and hunting equipment for a holiday that the state created then opted out of last month.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Charles Lancaster Jr., a former longtime state legislator from Metairie who colleagues said was feisty and fervently Republican but never mean-spirited during 32 years in the state House, died early Friday of a heart attack, according to his famil…
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday welcomed state legislators from around the country to New Orleans for the annual meeting of ALEC -- a lobbying group known for pushing mostly conservative, business-friendly legislation in state capitols.
Friday, August 03, 2018
A state lawmaker is raising concerns that a deal to transfer management of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana could cost the state an extra $40 million a year.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Louisiana is taking a stab at reining in all those unwanted phone solicitations with a new law that goes into effect Wednesday.
Louisiana's hazing penalties will toughen, the marriage waiting period will shorten, and the types of records shielded from public view will grow, as more than 430 new laws take effect Wednesday.
Monday, July 30, 2018
An aggressive campaign is ramping up to educate Louisiana voters about a proposed constitutional amendment that will be decided this fall — potentially reversing a Jim Crow-era law that allows felony convictions without unanimous agreement from jurors.
Louisiana health and legal officials have failed to properly manage a fund that pays for investigations and prosecutions of health care providers accused of bilking the state Medicaid program, according to an audit released Monday, the latest of s…
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Friday, Aug. 3, was supposed to be the start of a tax-free weekend for Louisiana consumers colloquially dubbed the “back-to-school” state sales tax holiday.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
The spat between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry over Louisiana's long-stalled use of capital punishment continued to play out on Thursday, as Edwards accused Landry of "deliberately misrepresent(ing) the facts" about why th…
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.