Legislative leaders plan for February special session
Posted on 2/11/2018 7:00:00 AM.

GOP and Democratic leadership are optimistic that the February special session will end with a deal in place to fill the one billion dollar budget gap resulting from the expiration of sales taxes in July. The session will begin February 19th, and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Gene Reynolds says the two sides are getting close on an agreement.

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Gov. Edwards' reports five million dollar campaign war chest
Posted on 2/1/2018 3:42:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards has five million dollars in his reelection war chest at the midway point of his term. The fundraising numbers from his annual campaign finance report, combined with his high favorability ratings, give the governor a strong starting position heading into the 2019 governor’s race.
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Sen Kennedy proposes a way to finance major construction projects, Governor Edwards calls it unrealistic
Posted on 2/1/2018 12:53:00 PM.
U.S. Senator John Kennedy has proposed a way to finance large infrastructure projects like a new Jimmie Davis Bridge in Shreveport, widening I-10 in New Orleans and finishing the Comite River Diversion Canal, a flood control project for the Baton Rouge area. Kennedy says the state can generate 150-million dollars, if it leverages noncash securities held by the state’s Unclaimed Property Division.
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House Republicans provide Governor Edwards with spending cut proposals
Posted on 1/30/2018 6:28:00 PM.
Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras provides Governor John Bel Edwards with budget cutting proposals as part of the negotiations to solve a nearly billion dollar shortfall. House Republican delegation chairman Lance Harris says in an effort to reduce health care spending, so they would like to see work requirements for certain people who receive Medicaid.
 
"Something very important, other states have tried it and it's starting to work out very well," Barras said. 
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Governor proposes budget that cuts health care, higher education and TOPS
Posted on 1/22/2018 12:56:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards presented what he called his worst-case-scenario budget today, showcasing the impact that a billion dollar loss in state funding would have on many popular programs. The loss is a result of the impending expiration of a one cent sales tax this summer. Edwards says he is constitutionally limited to cutting money from two areas.

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Fiscal cliff agreement unlikely before Friday
Posted on 1/16/2018 4:36:00 AM.

Reports indicate that it is increasingly unlikely that House legislators and Governor John Bel Edwards will come to a fiscal cliff agreement before a Friday deadline. The deadline was set by the Governor, who was hoping to enter into a February special session with an agreement in principle to fill the one billion dollar budget shortfall. Edwards says delaying the fiscal cliff decision could be damaging.

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Governor Edwards asks President Trump to protect Louisiana's medical marijuana laws
Posted on 1/9/2018 12:52:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to President Trump asking him to defend Louisiana's ability to offer medical marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has requested a federal mandate that protects a state's legal medical marijuana activity to be reversed.
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Fiscal cliff negotiations set to resume between Governor and House Speaker
Posted on 1/8/2018 4:17:00 AM.

Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards is meeting with Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras today to continue negotiations centered on the looming fiscal cliff. Edwards set a January 19th deadline to come up with an agreement in principle on a plan to address a one billion dollar shortfall. 
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Governor Edwards and PSC's Foster Campbell seek utility rate reductions
Posted on 1/4/2018 12:15:00 PM.

The federal tax reform bill slashed taxes for a wide swath of different businesses, and after some review the state believes that those tax savings could be passed on to utility customers. Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell says the tax reductions will save some utility companies, such as Entergy and Cleco, hundreds of millions of dollars. Campbell says those savings shouldn’t be stashed.

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State leaders spar ahead of special session
Posted on 1/3/2018 3:52:00 AM.

The looming fiscal cliff has party leaders preparing for a series of tense negotiations ahead of a January 19th deadline imposed by Governor John Bel Edwards. That deadline was set with the hope that legislative leaders would have the framework for a deal to address an imminent one billion dollar shortfall. State Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere is not happy with the governor’s deadline…


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