Legislators begin discussing revenue bills
Posted on 6/19/2018 6:45:00 AM.
The House Ways and Means Committee meets today to discuss revenue bills that would raise revenue to prevent or soften proposed cuts to state services. New Iberia Rep. Terry Landry has authored the legislation Governor Edwards supports. Landry’s measure would renew a half-cent of an expiring one-cent sales tax and the Democrat says there’s public support behind his legislation.
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Kennedy urges legislature to delay Harrah's contract extension with the state
Posted on 5/1/2018 11:19:00 AM.
U.S. Senator John Kennedy is asking the legislature to hold off on voting a bill to extend Harrah’s New Orleans Casino’s contract with the state for 30 years. Kennedy says media reports that Harrah’s is considering selling the property so the state could unwittingly increase the selling price by extending the contract.

“They’re an 8 billion dollar company. They’ve got the best lawyers and lobbyists money can buy and we need to match them, and rushing this thing through when you’ve got six years left on the contract? It doesn’t smell right to me.”
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Regular session is one month old
Posted on 4/12/2018 7:40:00 AM.

The legislative session is one month into it and lawmakers are nowhere close to passing any meaningful legislation. Political observers say the milk-toast session has had very little highlights so far. Jeremy Alford is the publisher of LaPolitics.com

“The Senate is working on some House bills, the House is working on some Senate bills… but nothing of significance has been sent to the governor for his endorsement.”
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House Republicans consider renewing the one-cent state sales tax
Posted on 2/8/2018 3:27:00 PM.
House Republicans are looking at renewing at least some or all of the temporary one cent sales tax as a way to address a looming one billion dollar shortfall. Houma Representative Tanner Magee.
 
“From talking to my colleagues, I think there's some general will, especially within Republicans, to renew the penny for a little bit longer,” Magee said.
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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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Governor Edwards income tax plan fails, will any tax bills pass?
Posted on 5/9/2017 7:18:00 PM.
Legislation backed by Governor John Bel Edwards’ that called for shifting the tax burden from individuals to businesses died in the House Ways and Means committee. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says it appears the Republican dominated legislature is not interested in overhauling the state’s tax structure.
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Lawmakers give final approval to budget bill that fully funds TOPS for fall semester
Posted on 6/24/2016 5:27:00 AM.
Just before midnight, the Louisiana legislature gave final approval to a spending bill that calls for the TOPS scholarship program to be fully funded for the fall semester. West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth says it’s the right thing to do.
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K-12 public schools receive cut under legislation passed out of Senate committee
Posted on 6/22/2016 1:53:00 PM.
K-through-12 public schools will see a cut in state funding as a result of a spending plan approved by the Senate finance committee. The head of the Louisiana School Board Association, Scott Richard, says if schools receive fewer state dollars, it will jeopardize the successes that have taken place in public education.
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CABL says cuts to education approved by House are irresponsible at best
Posted on 2/26/2016 1:02:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
One of the items in the supplemental spending bill that the House approved includes a mid-year cut to the state Department of Education which amounts to $52 million dollars, according to Council for a Better Louisiana.
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Veto session cancelled
Posted on 7/17/2015 12:32:00 PM.
State lawmakers will not return to Baton Rouge for a veto session. All it takes is a majority of lawmakers in one chamber to vote against a veto session for it to be cancelled and that's what the Senate did as 26 of their members turned in a ballot that cancelled the session.
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