Democratic legislative leader frustrated the GOP didn't bring ideas to fiscal cliff meeting
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. 
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Louisiana receives a 'D' grade for financial literacy education
Posted on 12/13/2017 5:00:00 PM.
A “Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools” gives Louisiana schools a “D”, down from a “B” grade just two years ago. Minden State Representative Gene Reynolds authored a 2016 law that requires financial literacy to be taught in high schools, but it appears some schools are only teaching personal finance as another existing course of study.

"I think we're going to have to put it in the curriculum if we're gonna make sure this gets taught." 
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Representative is happy with retreat meeting to help solve state budget issues
Posted on 10/13/2017 2:17:00 PM.

Louisiana legislators met for a one day retreat this week to consider what needs to be done to prevent falling off a fiscal cliff. The state is facing a 1-point-38-billion dollar cut in funding when extra temporary tax revenue ends July 1st. Minden Representative and House Democratic Caucus chairman Gene Reynolds says they are one step closer to resolving the issue.
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Minden Representative Gene Reynolds decides to stay on as Democratic Caucus chair
Posted on 7/5/2017 2:28:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
Minden Representative Gene Reynolds has decided not to step down from his position as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus, saying he will finish out his term as chairman. He says many people from both parties reached out and asked him to stay on until the first day of the regular session to avoid disruption.
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Democrats asking for more representation in committees
Posted on 6/12/2017 10:51:00 AM.

After lawmakers failed to pass a budget or any tax reform bills in the fiscal session, some blame the Republican-dominated money committees. Minden Representative Gene Reynolds the ratio of the House is about 60 percent Republicans and 40 percent Democrats, and they’d like to see a more balanced representation in House Appropriations and Ways and Means.
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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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Even Democrats unsure about Governor's proposed tax plan
Posted on 4/10/2017 4:01:00 AM.

Even Democrats are unsure about the Governor John Bel Edwards ambitious tax plan that he’s asking lawmakers to pass during the legislative session. Edwards’ proposal calls for a new tax that would be placed on the state’s largest businesses. Minden Representative Gene Reynolds heads the state Democratic Caucus and says getting the necessary 70 votes in the House will be a challenge.
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Multiple bills filed that would raise minimum GPA to receive TOPS
Posted on 4/3/2017 12:59:00 PM.

There are two bills filed for the upcoming legislative regular session that seek to raise the minimum GPA for high school students to receive the TOPS scholarship. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is currently required and the proposed legislation raises the requirement to 3.0. Minden Representative Gene Reynolds is the author of the one of the bills.
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Republicans and Democrats differ on how much money to use from Rainy Day Fund
Posted on 2/20/2017 1:54:00 PM.

The Louisiana Senate passed a measure on Sunday night that would use $99 million of the Rainy Day Fund to help offset the state’s $304 million budget deficit. Last week, the House passed legislation that would use $75 million, but Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Gene Reynolds, supports using the higher amount.
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Alexandria Rep Harris proposes plan to close budget gaps without special session
Posted on 1/19/2017 6:10:00 PM.

Republican State Representative Lance Harris of Alexandria has proposed a plan to cut the state’s budget without calling another special session, but the tentative plan is already getting pushback from Democrats. Harris’ plan does not call for cuts to public colleges, but it would levy a $147 million cut to the state Department of Health.
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