Our Lady of the Lake says budget cuts would cause mass closures
Posted on 3/14/2018 5:39:00 AM.

If the legislature decides to cut its way through the billion dollar budget gap, private health care providers warn the consequences would be dire. If the Department of Health sustains the kinds of cuts being discussed, public-private facilities would be on the chopping block. Our Lady of the Lake President Scott Wester says those cuts would mean the end of their partnership with the state, LSU, and LDH.

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Dardenne issues challenge to pro budget cut legislators
Posted on 3/13/2018 1:02:00 PM.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is warning that lawmakers will not be able to cut their way to a balanced budget for next fiscal year. He testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee today and reiterated the governor’s call to wrap up the regular session in early May, so that a special session that addresses revenue can be called to tackle the fiscal cliff.

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Gov. Edwards lays out his legislative agenda to start regular session
Posted on 3/12/2018 2:34:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards kicked off the regular session today by laying out his legislative agenda, and tearing into lawmakers who failed to fix the fiscal cliff. The governor highlighted the plight of Louisiana’s highest performing students, who could begin to be poached by universities in other states with TOPS still up in the air. Edwards says right now Bama is beating us academically, and athletically.

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Edwards calls for fewer partisan battles in the regular session.
Posted on 3/11/2018 1:13:00 AM.

The regular session kicks off Monday, and Governor John Bel Edwards is hoping the legislature gets more accomplished than the special session that ended without a clear solution to the fiscal cliff. The special session was notable for its stark partisan divides, which Edwards says were the worst he’s seen in a decade.

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Online game lets Louisianans find their own solution to the fiscal cliff
Posted on 3/7/2018 4:01:00 AM.

The Manship School at LSU has created a game that lets voters put forward their own plan on how to address the billion dollar fiscal cliff. “Solve The Budget” presents players with a list of budget items that can be cut or funded, and tax proposals that can be adopted to rejected to close the budget gap.

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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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The clock is ticking as the House will try to close the budget gap again
Posted on 3/2/2018 4:00:00 AM.
The House is set to try again today on passing tax proposals that will go towards closing a one-billion dollar budget deficit. A sales tax bill that would generate 300-million dollars annually was soundly defeated on Wednesday, but House Speaker Taylor Barras says that measure is still a critical part of addressing the fiscal cliff.
"And the core to the dollars that are important to solving as much as this deficit as we can." 
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Partisan conflicts stall budget talks as one billion shortfall gets closer
Posted on 3/1/2018 2:16:00 PM.
The special session is on the verge of collapsing without a tax plan that addresses a looming one billion dollar shortfall. The House has failed to get behind a proposal to raise revenues to replace expiring sales taxes. Republican Barry Ivey of Baton Rouge says GOP legislators are not willing to work with a Democratic governor.

“We don’t want a democrat governor to get re-elected and we don’t want to give him a political win by doing tax reform,” stated Ivey.

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