Special session collapses, again
Posted on 6/5/2018 2:01:00 AM.

The second special session of the year crashed and burned when lawmakers failed to pass a sales tax bill and that could result in a 30% cut to TOPS and 20% reduction in higher ed funding next fiscal year. The House rejected a Senate backed sales tax plan that would have replaced most of the 648-million dollars in expiring revenue.More

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Statewide Uber one step closer to reality
Posted on 4/18/2018 11:27:00 AM.

On a 97-1 vote, the House passed legislation that would permit companies like Uber to operate across the state, without needing to make local agreements. The bill, by Speaker Taylor Barras, would bring Louisiana in line with the vast majority of other state’s rideshare regulations. Barras says it’s a big benefit with a small price tag.
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TOPS and higher education may benefit from new revenue projection says Speaker Barras
Posted on 4/12/2018 11:35:00 AM.
The revenue shortfall the state is facing has declined from 994-million-dollars to 648-million-dollars, as a result of the state collecting more income taxes due to the federal tax overhaul.  House Speaker Taylor Barras says the extra money would likely go for higher education and the TOPS program.
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Louisiana House approves contract extension for Harrah's in New Orleans,
Posted on 3/29/2018 5:26:00 PM.
The Louisiana House approves legislation that calls for a 30-year contract extension between state and Harrah's land-based casino in New Orleans.
 
House Speaker Taylor Barras says the deal also calls for Harrah's to make a 350-million dollar investment in the gaming property and the casino operator already has robust plans in mind. 
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The clock is ticking as the House will try to close the budget gap again
Posted on 3/2/2018 4:00:00 AM.
The House is set to try again today on passing tax proposals that will go towards closing a one-billion dollar budget deficit. A sales tax bill that would generate 300-million dollars annually was soundly defeated on Wednesday, but House Speaker Taylor Barras says that measure is still a critical part of addressing the fiscal cliff.
 
"And the core to the dollars that are important to solving as much as this deficit as we can." 
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Special session tax votes moved to Wednesday after House gridlock
Posted on 2/26/2018 3:37:00 PM.

A slew of last minute amendments added to some revenue generating bills in the House Ways and Means Committee has bogged down the special session, and convinced lawmakers to reschedule today's votes to Wednesday. Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh tacked a number of changes that did not go well with Democrat Marcus Hunter. Hunter says the amendments are so in-digestible that this group of legislators might as well just go home.
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Transparency push clears first hurdle in the House
Posted on 2/20/2018 5:44:00 PM.

A bill to create a transparency tool called Louisiana Checkbook passed the House Appropriations committee, and may be considered on the House floor later this week. The program closely mirrors Ohiocheckbook.com, where Ohio residents are presented a detailed report about state expenses. House Speaker Taylor Barras says it’s a user friendly tool for the public.
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House Republicans provide Governor Edwards with spending cut proposals
Posted on 1/30/2018 6:28:00 PM.
Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras provides Governor John Bel Edwards with budget cutting proposals as part of the negotiations to solve a nearly billion dollar shortfall. House Republican delegation chairman Lance Harris says in an effort to reduce health care spending, so they would like to see work requirements for certain people who receive Medicaid.
 
"Something very important, other states have tried it and it's starting to work out very well," Barras said. 
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Fiscal cliff negotiations set to resume between Governor and House Speaker
Posted on 1/8/2018 4:17:00 AM.

Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards is meeting with Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras today to continue negotiations centered on the looming fiscal cliff. Edwards set a January 19th deadline to come up with an agreement in principle on a plan to address a one billion dollar shortfall. 
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Gov Edwards meets with House Speaker to discuss fiscal cliff
Posted on 8/17/2017 11:15:00 AM.

Budget talks are ongoing among legislative and business leaders in the state. Governor John Bel Edwards has met with business owners around the state, as well as House Speaker Taylor Barras, to find a way to fill a $1.1 billion budget gap when temporary taxes expire next year. He called yesterday’s meeting with Barras a good, frank exchange.
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