|Posted on 12/10/2018 4:49:00 PM.|
The current revenue forecast for state government will stay in place after Speaker Taylor Barras votes down an increase today in the Revenue Estimating Conference. The Senate and Governor were hoping to increase the forecast to approve tens of millions in new spending after economists upgraded the state’s outlook. Barras says he’d rather wait until next year before approving additional spending.
|REC, revenue estimating conference, Taylor Barras, politics, economy, budget, legislature, Louisiana, 2018|
|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
|special session, Louisiana, budget, fiscal cliff, legislation, tax, 2018, John Bel Edwards, Taylor Barras, Karen Carter Peterson|
|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.
|Uber, Lyft, Louisiana, regular session, legislation, Taylor 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
|state budget, Taylor Barras, TOPS, higher education|
|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.
|Harrah's, Taylor Barras, casino, hotel, 30-year contract extension|
|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."
|Louisiana House, Taylor Barras, fiscal cliff|
|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.
|special session, Louisiana, budget, fiscal cliff, taxes, Marcus Hunter, Taylor Barras|
|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.
|Louisiana Checkbook, transparency, legislation, special session, Taylor Barras, Jay Dardenne|
|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.
|John Bel Edwards, Budget reform, Lance Harris, Taylor Barras|
|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.
|Fiscal cliff, John Bel Edwards, Taylor Barras|
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