Lawmakers close to reaching budget agreement
Posted on 6/15/2017 10:40:00 AM.

Lawmakers are close to reaching a budget agreement with just five days left in the special session. The House approved a spending plan that appropriates all of the available dollars, something they would not agree to do during the regular session. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard says no one got everything they wanted in this deal.

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One special session starts, another special looming
Posted on 6/10/2017 7:22:00 AM.

With one special session already started, another one is already looming in their future. The goal of the current special is to pass a budget for the next fiscal year, but the governor says another one will be needed to implement tax reform and address a looming fiscal cliff in 2018. Kenner Representative Julie Stokes is disappointed the legislature didn’t accomplish that during this year’s fiscal session.

Julie Stokes, Kenny Havard, fiscal session, special session, tax reform

Statewide regulations for Uber, Lyft shelved for session
Posted on 5/30/2017 5:12:00 PM.

A bill to put statewide regulations on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft is dead for the session. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard filed the bill in an effort to have standard rules, with the hope these companies would expand to smaller cities.

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Uber, Lyft statewide regulations head to Senate
Posted on 5/18/2017 10:43:00 AM.

A bill to regulate Uber and Lyft statewide is heading to the Senate. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard says these ride sharing services keep people safe, offers an affordable ride, and provides thousands of employment opportunities. He says very rarely do lawmakers get a chance to do something that really affects people’s lives.

Kenny Havard, Uber, Lyft, Troy Carter, Jay Morris

Measure would place flat corporate income tax on business profits
Posted on 4/30/2017 2:10:00 AM.

A measure gaining popularity with lawmakers that will be heard in the House Way and Means Committee today would place a flat corporate income tax from 1 to 2% on the profits a business makes. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard says his bill would generate an estimated 200 million dollars in tax revenue.

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House Ways and Means Committee begins looking at various tax proposals
Posted on 4/11/2017 12:07:00 PM.

The House Ways and Means Committee began looking at various tax proposals today that will be discussed over the next several weeks. First up was Jackson Representative Kenny Havard, who is pushing legislation that would reduce income taxes on individuals and making that revenue up by increasing taxes on businesses. He says with the state constantly facing budget cuts, it's time for tax reform.

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Measure filed that would create uniform regulations on ride sharing services
Posted on 4/5/2017 12:02:00 PM.

A measure that would place statewide regulations for services like Uber and Lyft has been filed for the upcoming legislative session. Currently, each parish decides the rules for how ride sharing companies should operate. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard says his bill would eliminate confusion.

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2016 full of bizarre stories in Louisiana
Posted on 12/28/2016 11:52:00 AM.

Louisiana was in the national spotlight throughout 2016 for everything from historic floods to state lawmakers making jokes about strippers. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard proposed an amendment to a sex trafficking bill that suggested strippers must be younger than 28 and weigh less than 160 pounds.

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Kenny Havard, Dan Matthews, Andrew Jones, Roosevelt Wright, 2016

Transportation Task Force closing in on tax recommendations to improve roads
Posted on 12/1/2016 2:18:00 AM.

The Transportation Task Force meets today to further discuss recommendations on how to improve the states’ roads and bridge. Recommendations are expected to be released later this month for the legislature to consider. House Transportation Chairman and State Rep. Kenny Havard anticipates there will be a proposal to increase the state’s gasoline tax, which is currently at 20-cents a gallon.

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Lawmakers to consider raising state's gasoline tax
Posted on 7/25/2016 11:59:00 AM.

Lawmakers will likely consider a bill to increase the state’s gasoline tax, when they meet for the 2017 fiscal session. That’s according to Representative Kenny Havard, who serves as chairman of the House Transportation Committee and sits on the newly-formed Transportation Task Force. Havard says the state’s gasoline tax has not been raised in over 20 years and there is not enough funds to address the $12 billion backlog for transportation maintenance, much less any new projects.

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