GOP legislators: Waiting for specifics to bridge billion dollar budget shortfall
Posted on 1/28/2018 5:00:00 AM.
House GOP Caucus Chairman Lance Harris says he is still waiting on specifics from the Edwards administration on how to fix the fiscal cliff. The governor would like to call lawmakers into a special session, so changes can be made to our tax code to address a billion dollar shortfall. But Harris says he and his party are still in the dark.
"We need the bills that are going to be filed, and what are the fiscal impacts of those bills. How much revenue would they raise for the state, how bad would it hurt our taxpayers?  I have not seen anything as of today."
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Representative is happy with retreat meeting to help solve state budget issues
Posted on 10/13/2017 2:17:00 PM.

Louisiana legislators met for a one day retreat this week to consider what needs to be done to prevent falling off a fiscal cliff. The state is facing a 1-point-38-billion dollar cut in funding when extra temporary tax revenue ends July 1st. Minden Representative and House Democratic Caucus chairman Gene Reynolds says they are one step closer to resolving the issue.

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House Members to meet in a closed door retreat to hammer out budget ideas
Posted on 10/12/2017 3:00:00 AM.
Louisiana House members will hold a closed door retreat today in order to try to find a fix for a one-billion-dollar plus state budget gap. Alexandria Representative and GOP House Leader Lance Harris says he and Democratic chairman Gene Reynolds thought it would be a good idea to discuss their options.
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Louisiana's massive budget deficit grows even larger
Posted on 2/10/2016 12:55:00 PM.
Louisiana's budget problems are getting worse. The Revenue Estimating Conference has revised the deficit for this fiscal year from 750-million to 870-million dollars. The legislature's chief economist Greg Albrecht says Louisiana's lagging economy is impacting state tax collections.
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Dardenne: Revenue increases needed to avoid cuts to colleges and health care
Posted on 2/1/2016 5:33:00 PM.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says new revenues, possibly from an additional one-cent increase to the state sales tax, are needed to stave off big cuts to public colleges and health care services. Dardenne says they are being honest with the public when they say, just cutting the budget will not solve this fiscal year’s 750-million dollar shortfall.

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Jindal talks budget solutions
Posted on 2/11/2015 4:57:00 PM.
Governor Bobby Jindal proposes reducing the size of tax credits in cases where a company or individual receives more money from the state than they owe as a way to balance next fiscal year's budget. Jindal says two of his cabinet secretaries are looking at how this could help the state's fiscal situation.
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