Gov Edwards hosts meeting to find ways to address fiscal cliff
Posted on 8/8/2017 4:02:00 AM.

Today Governor John Bel Edwards is holding a meeting with business and industry leaders to devise a plan for addressing a looming $1.3 billion fiscal cliff when temporary taxes expire in 2018. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says the governor is looking to hear from the business community on what types of policy changes may be palatable, specifically tax increases.
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Political analyst believes it's time to talk about eliminating state treasurer seat
Posted on 7/19/2017 4:25:00 AM.
As the race for State Treasurer is underway, now might be a good time to start the conversation about eliminating the position for good. That’s according Jeremy Alford, the publisher of LaPolitics.com, who says this is the first time in 17 years there has been an open race for the seat.
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Lawmakers pass budget, but more money troubles await
Posted on 6/18/2017 6:17:00 AM.
Legislators struggled to approve a budget this year and the state’s financial woes will only look worse next year. That’s because one-point-two billion dollars in temporary taxes will expire in July 2018. Publisher of Lapolitics.com, Jeremy Alford, says state lawmakers face more difficult decisions.
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Lawmakers have four days to avoid a 4th special session in 2 years
Posted on 6/5/2017 3:52:00 AM.

The regular session ends Thursday at 6 p.m. and lawmakers are optimistic a special session will not be needed 30 minutes later. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says to avoid a fourth special session since Governor John Bel Edwards took office, the legislature will need to approve a budget for next fiscal year and a financing bill for construction projects.
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Special session after current session ends?
Posted on 5/29/2017 3:17:00 AM.

It’s possible we could see another special session start 30 minutes after the current regular session ends on June 8th. That’s according to Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com who says the potential need for a fourth special session during Governor Edwards term is because the current fiscal session has bogged down over partisan politics.
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Not much progress made solving the state’s budget woes with only two weeks left in legislative session
Posted on 5/25/2017 6:59:00 AM.

With only two weeks left in the legislative session, lawmakers are not close to agreeing on a budget for next fiscal year and addressing the loss of over a billion dollars in temporary taxes that are set to expire in July 2018. That’s according to Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com.
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Governor Edwards to unveil tax reform plan this week
Posted on 3/26/2017 9:25:00 PM.

With two weeks left before the legislative session, we are waiting for Governor John Bel Edwards to announce his tax reform plans. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says many were surprised when they recently learned the governor is moving away from the idea of tweaking the individual income tax. He says the Administration is moving towards something completely different.
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Uncertainty surrounds final day of special session
Posted on 2/22/2017 4:39:00 AM.

It’s the final day of the special session, and the major sticking point is how much of the rainy day fund to tap to resolve a $304 million midyear deficit. Governor Edwards and the Senate proposes using $99 million from the state’s savings account, but LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says House Republicans want the Senate to pass a bill that frees up statutory dedications in future budgets.
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Governor Edwards expected to issue call for special session beginning Feb. 13th
Posted on 2/3/2017 2:58:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to issue the call for a rebalancing the budget special session that would begin February 13th. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says lawmakers have to address a $304 million budget deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30th and Edwards will push the use of 119 million dollars from Rainy Day Fund to offset that shortfall.
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2016 busy year for Louisiana politics
Posted on 12/28/2016 2:53:00 AM.

2016 was quite a hectic year for Louisiana politics. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says the top political story of the year was Republican Taylor Barras being elected as speaker of the House rather than Governor John Bel Edwards’ pick of Democratic Representative Walt Leger. He says this is the first time in modern history that the governor did not hand select the speaker.
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