Governor Edwards calls for a budget deficit elimination session to begin Feb 13th
Posted on 2/3/2017 4:08:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards has issued the call for a special session to address a $304 million budget shortfall for this fiscal year. It will begin Monday night on February 13th and it must conclude by midnight February 22nd.
The governor is proposing to use rainy day dollars and cuts to various areas of state government, including the department of health.
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GOP committee chairman wants more cuts to fix the state's budget
Posted on 2/4/2016 10:47:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards released a column today saying cuts to higher ed and health care are not solutions to the budget crisis, but Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Cameron Henry says he's more interested in where they can make cuts before raising taxes. Henry believes legislators will look at cuts first and do what they can to reduce the size of government.
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Governor Edwards plans on not cutting K-12 funding
Posted on 2/3/2016 5:16:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards tells teachers there are no plans to cut funding for public schools, despite the state’s difficult budget challenges. Louisiana currently allocates three-point-seven billion dollars for public schools and puts it into the minimum foundation program, which distributes money to school districts.
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Governor Edwards on stabilizing the state's budget
Posted on 1/27/2016 12:51:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards says he understands an increase to the state's sales tax is not popular, but feels it is needed to avoid major cuts to state government.  Edwards says with a $750 million budget shortfall for this fiscal year and $1.9 billion next fiscal year, they have very few options to stabilize the budget.
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State House Majority Leader responds to Governor Edwards' budget proposal
Posted on 1/20/2016 10:57:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards has offered several options to the state legislature to address the state's budget crisis.  House Majority Leader, Republican Lance Harris of Alexandria, says the delegation is still studying the governor's plan.  
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Will lawmakers raise taxes to tackle budget woes?
Posted on 1/4/2016 3:07:00 AM.
It was announced last week that Louisiana is facing a $750 million deficit this fiscal year and another $1.9 billion next fiscal year. Many wonder if lawmakers can make up this shortfall without raising taxes.  

Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin doesn't think so, but he says legislators will look at other alternatives first.
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Campbell named co-chair of committee tasked to look into budget deficit
Posted on 12/3/2015 11:55:00 AM.
Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has named Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell as the co-chair of his transition committee that will take a look at the state's budget problems.  Campbell says the committee members definitely have their work cut out for them.
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State ends most recent budget year with a deficit
Posted on 9/23/2015 2:08:00 PM.
The Division of Administration has begun notifying legislative leaders that the state ended its most recent budget year, which ended on June 30th, with a deficit.  An exact amount of the deficit has not been released.  
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