|Posted on 6/13/2018 10:42:00 AM.|
The final act of this year’s special session trilogy is less than a week away, with the administration and many legislators scrambling to find some extra cash for programs like TOPS, which is facing a 30 percent cut. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the Department of Health is one place the state should look if it wants to plug the budget gaps.
|Cameron Henry, Department of Health, Special Session|
|Posted on 6/1/2018 2:09:00 PM.|
It’ll be a big day in the Senate Sunday as the upper chamber takes on tax and budget bills that could decide the fate of 648 million dollar fiscal cliff that threatens to wreck higher ed, TOPS, and healthcare. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the House won’t have much time to debate the budget and tax plans the Senate agrees too with a June 4th deadline quickly approaching.
“But at the same time, you’ve got to go back to the house, and almost at the very last minute. And will the house concur? That’s the big 64,000 dollar question.”
|Louisiana Senate, Bernie Pinsonat, Lance Harris, Cameron Henry|
|Posted on 5/29/2018 5:35:00 AM.|
GOP House Caucus Chairman Lance Harris' tax bill that raises 366-million dollars of the 648-million dollar budget shortfall passed the House after a weekend of deliberations that got the legislation 76 votes, 6 more than it needed to make it to Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. Harris, who Friday said this tax bill is designed to cut government, celebrated the passage.
|Louisiana, special session, fiscal cliff, tax, 2018, Lance Harris, Cameron Henry|
|Posted on 5/17/2018 5:39:00 PM.|
The Legislature passed a budget that fully funds the Department of Health, but reduces nine state agencies budgets by 24 percent, slashes higher ed spending, and cuts TOPS to 70 percent coverage. The jury is still out on whether the governor will veto the plan, but if he approves the plan, but if he authorizes it House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says it won’t be “imaginary”.
|Louisiana, regular session, budget, Cameron Henry|
|Posted on 5/17/2018 1:34:00 PM.|
The House has sent a 28-billion dollar budget to Governor John Bel Edwards, that fully funds healthcare, but slashes higher ed, funding for state agencies, and cuts TOPS by 30%. But it's likely the governor will not sign the spending plan of the cuts just mentioned.
House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the budget they approved identifies what programs need to be funded with revenue raised in a special session.
|Budget, Governor John Bel Edwards, legislation, Robert Johnson, Cameron Henry|
|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.
|Cameron Henry, budget, John Bel Edwards, cut, TOPS, |
|Posted on 3/13/2018 5:32:00 AM.|
In Baton Rouge today the House Appropriations Committee will begin the long process of attempting to hammer out a budget before the end of the regular session. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne doubts the legislature can pass a spending plan facing a billion dollar revenue shortfall.
|regular session, legislation, Jay Dardenne, Cameron Henry|
|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.
|budget, Cameron Henry, John Bel Edwards, shortfall, taxes|
|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.
|special session, Louisiana, budget, fiscal cliff, Cameron Henry, John Bel Edwards|
|Posted on 1/10/2018 3:00:00 AM.|
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Gene Reynolds says he and fellow Democrats came away frustrated after meeting with the GOP on how to prevent falling off a fiscal cliff when one-billion-dollars in revenue comes off the books June 30th. Reynolds says the Republicans haven’t presented a plan to help balance next fiscal year’s budget.
"Democrats only have 41 votes so we can't pass anything. But to get to the 70, it's gonna take a bipartisan effort and that's what we need," said Reynolds.
|Gene Reynolds, Cameron Henry, Governor John Bel Edwards|
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