House Appropriations sends $28B budget to full House
Posted on 6/14/2017 4:35:00 AM.

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $28 billion budget plan that spends more than what they proposed in the regular session, but still less than what the Senate and governor wanted. The new proposal represents 98.94 percent of the state income forecast that would be spent.
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House convenes today to restart budget discussions
Posted on 6/12/2017 1:10:00 AM.

The House convenes at 9 a.m. as lawmakers try again to pass a spending plan for next fiscal year, after failing to do so in the regular session. Governor John Bel Edwards says his recommendation is that lawmakers pick up where they left off with the conference committee report.
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State leaders play blame game entering special session
Posted on 6/9/2017 10:37:00 AM.

State leaders are pointing fingers at who’s to blame for the fourth special session of Governor John Bel Edwards’ term. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry of Metairie says they tried to negotiate with the governor over a budget, and he wanted all or nothing. He says that seems to be the governor’s strategy these days.
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Gov Edwards calls regular session epic failure of leadership in the House
Posted on 6/8/2017 7:58:00 PM.

Another special session has started at the State Capitol, after lawmakers failed to pass a budget for next fiscal year. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards calls it an epic failure by House Republican leadership.
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Not much accomplished with only 10 days left in the legislative session
Posted on 5/30/2017 3:05:00 AM.

There’s 10 days left in the regular session and very little has been accomplished. Democratic Caucus Chairman Gene Reynolds of Minden says he’ll meet with Republican legislative leaders to see what can be done in the final days of the session. He says with only 41 votes in the House, it’s been hard for Democrats to get anything through the process.
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Full House passes budget bill to cut $235 million from LDH's budget
Posted on 5/5/2017 3:36:00 AM.

The full House passed a budget plan on a 63 to 40 vote that the governor and Democrats do not like because it funds the Department of Health at 237 million dollars less than John Bel Edwards proposed. Franklin Representative Sam Jones questioned Chairman Cameron Henry for not knowing where the cuts to LDH would be.
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Full House to debate budget bill which cuts $235 million from LDH's budget
Posted on 5/4/2017 1:14:00 AM.

The full House is expected to debate the budget bill that would cut $235-million dollars more than Governor Edwards wanted from the state Department of Health’s budget. Metairie Representative Cameron Henry says they plan to only use 97% of what the Revenue Estimating Conference appropriates for the budget to avoid mid-year cuts.
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House Appropriations to approve spending plan for next fiscal year
Posted on 5/1/2017 7:50:00 AM.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to approve a spending plan for the next fiscal year today. Chairman Cameron Henry of Metairie says they plan to hold back about 2 percent of the revenue forecast by the Revenue Estimating Conference. He says the REC is usually wrong, and withholding this money could prevent midyear cuts.
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House Appropriations Chairman waiting to see budget plan come together
Posted on 4/17/2017 11:55:00 AM.

Week two of the legislative session is underway, and it appears legislators are far from agreeing to a funding plan for next fiscal year’s budget. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says lawmakers have more than 150 tax bills to look over, and they’re still missing vital information on many of them.
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Debate continues over whether or not to tap rainy day fund
Posted on 2/15/2017 11:59:00 AM.

The debate continues at the state capitol on whether or not to tap into the rainy day fund to address a $304 million midyear budget deficit. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry opposes the use of rainy day fund and continues to push for reductions in state spending.
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