Lawmakers close to reaching compromise to resolve budget shortfall
Posted on 2/21/2017 10:46:00 AM.

In the final two days of the special session, lawmakers are close to reaching a compromise on how many rainy day dollars to use versus what cuts to make to resolve a $304 million midyear deficit. The Senate approved a plan that would tap $99 million from the state’s savings account. Senate President John Alario says it’s a fair compromise that would protect vital services from deep cuts.

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Governor and lawmakers struggling to reach a consensus on budget deficit elimination plan
Posted on 2/15/2017 6:32:00 AM.
Legislation that authorizes the use of the rainy day fund to address a 304-million dollar midyear budget deficit is heading to the Senate floor. Senate President John Alario says dipping into the state's savings account will stave off cuts to colleges, public schools and child services programs.
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State lawmakers calling for Sen Brown's resigation amid domestic abuse charges
Posted on 1/12/2017 2:27:00 PM.

Some state lawmakers are calling for Napoleonville Senator Troy Brown to resign immediately after he entered a plea of no contest to domestic violence charges. Senate President John Alario says Brown was suspended from serving on committees when he was arrested in July, and that suspension has been extended until the Senate reviews the case and makes a decision. He says the Senate has the power to remove Brown from office.

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The state could end this fiscal year with $200 million deficit
Posted on 6/17/2016 11:18:00 AM.

According to LSU economist Dr. Jim Richardson, Louisiana could finish this fiscal year with a 200 million dollar deficit. Senate President John Alario says Richardson informed him that corporate income taxes are way below what was projected. But he says there are some circumstances that could improve this.

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Lawmakers begin the process of filling budget holes
Posted on 6/7/2016 3:53:00 AM.

The second special session of 2016 is underway and lawmakers are looking at their options to raise enough revenue to reduce cuts to state programs, like TOPS and hospitals that provide care for the poor and uninsured. Personal and corporate income taxes are an option for raising revenue, but Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says he is not okay with raising anymore taxes.

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Lawmakers get disappointing news from the Revenue Estimating Conference
Posted on 5/12/2016 12:11:00 PM.

State lawmakers did not receive any good news today in terms of higher than expected revenues to help reduce the budget deficit. The Revenue Estimating Conference met this morning and did not change next fiscal year’s revenue forecast. Economist Manfred Dix says low tax collections impacted the estimates.

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Lawmakers look to end regular session early to prepare for special session
Posted on 4/22/2016 4:46:00 AM.

Legislative leaders seek to end the regular session early, so they could prepare for a special session that Governor John Bel Edwards plans to call to address the $750 million revenue shortfall for next fiscal year. Senate President John Alario says the next special session needs to be held before the start of the next fiscal year.

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Regular legislative session begins with $800 million budget deficit
Posted on 3/14/2016 1:03:00 PM.

As the regular legislative session begins today, the state faces an 800 million dollar deficit for next fiscal year with no way to raise additional revenue. Bills to raise taxes cannot be considered in this session. Senate President John Alario hopes this is a learning experience for legislators who were unwilling to raise more revenue during the special session.

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Budget stalemate ending?
Posted on 3/3/2016 2:39:00 PM.

It appears the budget stalemate could be over. It started with the Senate Finance committee laying out its plans for addressing the state’s 900-million dollar budget shortfall this fiscal year. Chairman Eric LaFleur says through a combination of tax increases and budget cuts, they can close the deficit, if the House agrees to pass more tax bills that will generate an additional 83-million dollars.

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Alario: Too early to tell if there is enough legislative support to raise taxes
Posted on 1/21/2016 3:36:00 AM.

Senate President John Alario says lawmakers are still evaluating the governor’s proposals for fixing Louisiana’s massive budget shortfall. An increase to the state’s sales is one suggestion that’s been put forward by John Bel Edwards. Alario appreciates that the governor has given lawmakers some options…

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