Legislature faces similar budget problems 17 years later
Posted on 6/13/2017 3:54:00 AM.

It’s been 17 years since the legislature adjourned a regular session without passing a budget, until this year of course. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was there nearly two decades ago, as chair of the Senate Finance Committee. He quoted some familiar phrases uttered on the House floor to the Baton Rouge Press Club.

Jay Dardenne, budget, fiscal session, regular session,

One special session starts, another special looming
Posted on 6/10/2017 7:22:00 AM.

With one special session already started, another one is already looming in their future. The goal of the current special is to pass a budget for the next fiscal year, but the governor says another one will be needed to implement tax reform and address a looming fiscal cliff in 2018. Kenner Representative Julie Stokes is disappointed the legislature didn’t accomplish that during this year’s fiscal session.

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Lawmakers have four days to avoid a 4th special session in 2 years
Posted on 6/5/2017 3:52:00 AM.

The regular session ends Thursday at 6 p.m. and lawmakers are optimistic a special session will not be needed 30 minutes later. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says to avoid a fourth special session since Governor John Bel Edwards took office, the legislature will need to approve a budget for next fiscal year and a financing bill for construction projects.

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Senate Finance approves spending plan for next fiscal year
Posted on 6/2/2017 4:28:00 AM.

The Senate has unveiled its funding plan for next fiscal year, and it does not call for any cuts to higher ed, prisons, and Department of Children and Family Services. Senate President John Alario says their plan also fully funds the TOPS scholarship program.

John Alario, Michelle Alletto, budget, fiscal session

LSP concerned about proposed $23 million cut
Posted on 5/22/2017 4:40:00 PM.


Louisiana State Police has serious concerns over the budget that has been approved by the House. The governor recommended a $5 million cut to State Police, but the House’s spending plan calls for an overall reduction of $23 million from the current fiscal year. Maj. Doug Cain says this could lead to fewer troopers.

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Gov Edwards: 'It looks more and more likely we'll have to have a special session'
Posted on 5/17/2017 4:41:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s disappointed at how far behind the legislature is in this fiscal session and it could mean another special session in the near future. Edwards says a tremendous amount of work needs to be done before this session ends on June 8. He says this is the best opportunity lawmakers have to resolve the state’s looming budget problems.

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House Appropriations votes to fully fund TOPS
Posted on 5/1/2017 2:10:00 PM.

The House Appropriations Committee has voted to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program for the next fiscal year. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil amended the state’s spending plan to take $82 million from the Department of Health’s budget so TOPS students would have their tuition fully paid for.

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House Appropriations to approve spending plan for next fiscal year
Posted on 5/1/2017 7:50:00 AM.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to approve a spending plan for the next fiscal year today. Chairman Cameron Henry of Metairie says they plan to hold back about 2 percent of the revenue forecast by the Revenue Estimating Conference. He says the REC is usually wrong, and withholding this money could prevent midyear cuts.

Cameron Henry, budget, fiscal session, TOPS

Gov Edwards calls on GOP leaders to propose their own tax plan
Posted on 4/25/2017 5:09:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards remains hopeful lawmakers can pass a budget plan to address the loss of $1.3 billion in temporary taxes that expire next year. Edwards spoke with reporters shortly after his proposed tax on business sales was tabled for the legislative session. Edwards says there are still multiple tax bills waiting to be discussed.

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GOP lawmakers give Governor Edwards tax plan a frosty reception
Posted on 4/24/2017 2:01:00 PM.
The centerpiece of Governor John Bel Edwards plan to overhaul Louisiana's tax structure did not receive a warm reception from Republicans in the House Ways and Means committee. Franklin Representative Sam Jones says the Commercial Activity Tax would raise over 400-million dollars in taxes on businesses, but the governor's plan also calls for a reduction in individual income taxes.
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