Dept. of Ed to give more harsh annual school performance scores
Posted on 11/7/2017 5:47:00 AM.

The state Department of Education releases the 2016-2017 annual school performance scores today and this is the last time schools with be graded on a curve.
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John White to stay on as state Education Superintendent
Posted on 8/17/2017 5:07:00 AM.
Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says we now know that Superintendent of Education John White had no reason to worry about his job. White received a 3 out of four rating from BESE, which is considered effective and proficient. Erwin says clearly there are those who wanted White to lose his job.
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The 2017 legislative session ends today and observers say not much was accomplished
Posted on 6/8/2017 3:03:00 AM.

The 2017 regular session comes to a close today and Capitol observers say not much was accomplished. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says the state has been dealing with budget deficits for the last decade and this was supposed to be the year to address the problem.
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Legislators and governor agree a special session is likely
Posted on 5/25/2017 2:21:00 PM.

Legislative leaders and Governor John Bel Edwards agree another special legislative session is likely to address the state’s looming $1.3 billion dollar fiscal cliff. In July 2018, over a billion dollars in temporary sales taxes expire. President of the Council for a Better Louisiana Barry Erwin says the push to address this latest fiscal problem is not there.
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House to take up proposed gas tax hike
Posted on 5/24/2017 3:16:00 AM.

Today lawmakers in the House are expected to debate raising the state’s gasoline tax for the first time in 27 years. A proposal by Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter would up the tax by 17 cents a gallon. President of the Council for a Better Louisiana, Barry Erwin says more revenue is needed to pay for better roads.
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Governor Edwards income tax plan fails, will any tax bills pass?
Posted on 5/9/2017 7:18:00 PM.
Legislation backed by Governor John Bel Edwards’ that called for shifting the tax burden from individuals to businesses died in the House Ways and Means committee. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says it appears the Republican dominated legislature is not interested in overhauling the state’s tax structure.
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Gov Edwards expected to unveil tax reform plan
Posted on 2/9/2017 5:00:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to unveil his tax reform plan today when he meets with the Committee of 100 in Washington, D.C. President of the Council for a Better Louisiana, Barry Erwin, says comprehensive tax reform is needed because many of the taxes raised in la year’s special sessions will expire next year.
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Baton Rouge judge hears lawsuit over US Senate debate
Posted on 10/12/2016 5:49:00 AM.

Senate candidate Troy Hebert’s legal attempt to force LPB and the Council for a Better Louisiana to include more candidates in next week’s Senate debate gets a hearing today in a Baton Rouge courtroom. Political consultant and former-Secretary of State, Jim Brown, says Hebert is right on the money for filing the suit after only 5 of the 24 candidate were scheduled to be in the debate.
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U.S. Senate candidate Troy Hebert files lawsuit over exclusion from TV debate
Posted on 10/3/2016 4:18:00 PM.

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Troy Hebert has filed a lawsuit in an effort to have Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for a Better Louisiana to include more candidates in an upcoming televised forum.
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Next year's fiscal session could see real budget reform
Posted on 6/27/2016 5:44:00 AM.

Two special sessions later, Louisiana’s budget is still not in good shape. Barry Erwin with the Council for a Better Louisiana says he’s optimistic that in the 2017 fiscal session lawmakers can start looking at long term budget reform. He says otherwise they will still be dealing with midyear cuts.
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