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.
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.
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.
Louisiana spent more than $1 billion on tax breaks for people and corporations during the budget cycle that ended in July.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.