Senate Finance Chair doesn't support House budget proposal, but Republicans believe the spending proposal should advance
Posted on 4/22/2018 5:03:00 PM.
The chairman of Senate Finance has no desire to approve the budget the House passed last Thursday. Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur says he can’t support a spending plan that would kick 46,000 elderly and disabled people from nursing homes.
 
"I will never vote for this budget by the way," said LaFleur. "I will not allow 40,000 people to be thrown out into the streets. I'm not even running again for office, because I'm term limited, but I would still be embarrassed to vote for it." 
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LSU medical leaders rail against proposed budget heading to House floor
Posted on 4/17/2018 12:55:00 PM.

Chancellors of two LSU Health Sciences Centers delivered impassioned testimonies in front of the Senate Finance Committee, calling on legislators not to pass the proposed budget apporved by the House Appropriations Committee that they say would devastate healthcare. Shreveport Chancellor G.E. Ghalli says the proposed cuts are impossible to make.
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House Appropriations expected to send a proposed budget to House floor
Posted on 4/16/2018 4:28:00 AM.
The House Appropriations Committee is expected to approve a budget today for next fiscal year that will contain 648-million dollars in cuts from the current fiscal year. When the budget process started, lawmakers had a nearly billion dollar budget deficit, but an increase in tax collections has led to a much smaller fiscal cliff. Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says his committee wants to use that newly recognized revenue for TOPS.
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With no solution on fiscal cliff, what happens next?
Posted on 3/6/2018 12:47:00 PM.
So what happens now that the legislature wasn't able to come to any agreement on solving the fiscal cliff? Governor John Bel Edwards doubts legislators can pass a budget for next fiscal year in the regular session, so another special session is likely.
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Edwards, GOP trade barbs after special session collapse
Posted on 3/5/2018 7:01:00 PM.

Leaders from both sides are pointing fingers after the special session crashed and burned after 15 days of failed negotiations, leaving the state with no certain path to solving the one billion dollar fiscal cliff. GOP state representative Cameron Henry says Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards was unable to rally his side.
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Special session falls apart costing taxpayers between $750,000 and $900,000
Posted on 3/5/2018 6:07:00 PM.

The state legislature went home after spending 15 days in a special session and failing to find an agreement on solving the one-billion dollar fiscal cliff. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says legislators spent a lot of taxpayer money for very little return.

“It costs the taxpayers between 750 and 900-thousand dollars for them to go up there and accomplish nothing.”
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Special session appears likely to collapse
Posted on 3/5/2018 1:16:00 PM.

The special session is all but over as far as lawmakers are concerned. Time limitations have eaten up any real possibility of banging out a deal to plug the nearly billion dollar budget hole that opens up July 1st. Republican Jack McFarland of Jonesboro...
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Special session tax votes moved to Wednesday after House gridlock
Posted on 2/26/2018 3:37:00 PM.

A slew of last minute amendments added to some revenue generating bills in the House Ways and Means Committee has bogged down the special session, and convinced lawmakers to reschedule today's votes to Wednesday. Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh tacked a number of changes that did not go well with Democrat Marcus Hunter. Hunter says the amendments are so in-digestible that this group of legislators might as well just go home.
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Special session gridlock shows signs of ending, bills to be heard Sunday
Posted on 2/23/2018 11:31:00 AM.

After five days of stalled negotiations, lawmakers are optimistic that legislation will begin moving forward when legislators convene Sunday afternoon. Lake Charles Republican Representative Steven Dwight’s bill to extend a portion of the expiring one penny sales tax will be heard, and he says he’s optimistic about its chances.
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Tax bill failure puts fiscal cliff deal in doubt
Posted on 2/21/2018 9:25:00 PM.

The special session ground to a halt Wednesday after a vote on a tax reform bill that would have kept a quarter of the one penny sales tax intact, and remove some of the special sales tax exemptions for specific industries was postponed indefinitely. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says it was the bill with the most momentum, and its failure could tank the entire session.
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