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.
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Days until the start of the new fiscal year: 6
Session: The Legislature wrapped up its third special session of the year Sunday night. Unlike past special sessions that collapsed after lawmakers couldn't reach a tax deal, this one ended with a sales tax revenue stream that will run through 2025. http://bit.ly/2lw19R2
Money matters: 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. http://bit.ly/2KhS7p0
LSU: Gov. John Bel Edwards said he believes Alabama won't be stealing students with TOPS fully funded and is in for "a butt-whippin'" on the football field in the fall. http://bit.ly/2tsXc41
TOPS: News that the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students would be fully funded was a hit at Louisiana Girls State. http://bit.ly/2Io4Lxy
Gambling: Voters in Louisiana will decide in November whether to legalize web gambling on fantasy sports but the vote will be conducted on a parish-by-parish basis. http://bit.ly/2K52Xix
Education: Louisiana is re-launching two programs that will allow teachers to enroll in college classes tuition free. http://bit.ly/2Khxhm6
Asked about @sharonhewitt speech on floor, @LouisianaGov: "Unfortunately, that was the one political speech you heard tonight. Every other speech was about Louisiana, and about what we've been able to accomplish in putting the fiscal cliff in our rear view mirror." #lalege #lagov— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) June 25, 2018
I’m glad someone got video of this. LaFleur said he will do the floss (he knew the name of the dance, which he said he learned from his kids) on the floor after the supplemental budget bill passes. #lalege #lagov https://t.co/0tYrU8e6dY— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) June 24, 2018