Republican legislators wonder how the House can move forward after a failed special session
Posted on 3/6/2018 11:47:00 AM.
With the special legislative session being a memory for some and a nightmare for others, lawmakers are looking ahead to the regular session that starts Monday. The question is how the legislature will react to a highly fractured body after the recent blood bath.
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Edwards, GOP trade barbs after special session collapse
Posted on 3/5/2018 7:01:00 PM.

Leaders from both sides are pointing fingers after the special session crashed and burned after 15 days of failed negotiations, leaving the state with no certain path to solving the one billion dollar fiscal cliff. GOP state representative Cameron Henry says Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards was unable to rally his side.

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Special session falls apart costing taxpayers between $750,000 and $900,000
Posted on 3/5/2018 6:07:00 PM.

The state legislature went home after spending 15 days in a special session and failing to find an agreement on solving the one-billion dollar fiscal cliff. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says legislators spent a lot of taxpayer money for very little return.

“It costs the taxpayers between 750 and 900-thousand dollars for them to go up there and accomplish nothing.”
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Special session appears likely to collapse
Posted on 3/5/2018 1:16:00 PM.

The special session is all but over as far as lawmakers are concerned. Time limitations have eaten up any real possibility of banging out a deal to plug the nearly billion dollar budget hole that opens up July 1st. Republican Jack McFarland of Jonesboro...

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Sales tax bill fails again as the state races towards falling off the fiscal cliff
Posted on 3/4/2018 7:41:00 PM.
All hope appears is lost that the state legislature will pass any tax legislation to address a nearly one-billion dollar shortfall. A sales tax bill that would provide nearly 300-million dollars in revenues was defeated soundly for a second time last night. Jeremy Alford, the publisher of was there for the vote.
"That sales tax bill is the linchpin to this entire special session," Alford said. "It didn't just fail, it went down in flames, a 33-70 vote." 
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Special session on the verge of accomplishing nothing
Posted on 2/28/2018 9:55:00 PM.
The special session called to address a looming one-billion budget shortfall is on the verge of getting nothing accomplished. The House overwhelming rejected a sales tax bill that would have generated an additional 300-million in revenues.
Ruston Representative Rob Shadoin expressed disappointment over not coming together on a solution towards the state's constant fiscal woes.
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Governor Edwards talks with legislative leadership in an effort to solve the fiscal cliff
Posted on 2/27/2018 2:03:00 PM.
It’s unclear if legislators will find a solution to a looming one billion dollar budget deficit before the special session ends next Wednesday. Governor John Bel Edwards is meeting with legislative leadership and remains optimistic a deal can be struck. 
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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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After a slow start, the special session showing signs of life as tax bills advance
Posted on 2/25/2018 6:56:00 PM.
Two tax bills that will help the state overcome a looming one billion dollar budget deficit are heading to the House floor. Some Republicans were seeking to make permanent a quarter of a temporary one-cent sales tax. But Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh didn't like the permanent part. He amended the legislation, so a quarter of the temporary one-cent sales tax stays until mid-2021.
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Special session gridlock shows signs of ending, bills to be heard Sunday
Posted on 2/23/2018 11:31:00 AM.

After five days of stalled negotiations, lawmakers are optimistic that legislation will begin moving forward when legislators convene Sunday afternoon. Lake Charles Republican Representative Steven Dwight’s bill to extend a portion of the expiring one penny sales tax will be heard, and he says he’s optimistic about its chances.

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