Gov Edwards hosts meeting to find ways to address fiscal cliff
Posted on 8/8/2017 4:02:00 AM.

Today Governor John Bel Edwards is holding a meeting with business and industry leaders to devise a plan for addressing a looming $1.3 billion fiscal cliff when temporary taxes expire in 2018. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says the governor is looking to hear from the business community on what types of policy changes may be palatable, specifically tax increases.
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Minden Representative Gene Reynolds decides to stay on as Democratic Caucus chair
Posted on 7/5/2017 2:28:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
Minden Representative Gene Reynolds has decided not to step down from his position as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus, saying he will finish out his term as chairman. He says many people from both parties reached out and asked him to stay on until the first day of the regular session to avoid disruption.
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Gov skeptical special session to address fiscal cliff would work
Posted on 6/19/2017 10:49:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards says he may not issue the call for a special session where lawmakers could address a looming fiscal cliff in 2018. Edwards says House Republicans did not support any of the recommendations from the tax reform task force in the regular session, nor did they propose a plan of their own. He’s skeptical anything would be accomplished in another special session.
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Lawmakers close to reaching budget agreement
Posted on 6/15/2017 10:40:00 AM.

Lawmakers are close to reaching a budget agreement with just five days left in the special session. The House approved a spending plan that appropriates all of the available dollars, something they would not agree to do during the regular session. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard says no one got everything they wanted in this deal.
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House Appropriations sends $28B budget to full House
Posted on 6/14/2017 4:35:00 AM.

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $28 billion budget plan that spends more than what they proposed in the regular session, but still less than what the Senate and governor wanted. The new proposal represents 98.94 percent of the state income forecast that would be spent.
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Gov Edwards optimistic legislature can reach budget agreement
Posted on 6/13/2017 11:44:00 AM.

The clock is ticking on lawmakers to approve a budget before the special session ends on Monday. Governor John Bel Edwards says the spending plan approved by the Senate is a good starting point. He says unfortunately, the House did not vote on the budget last week, but he is optimistic HB1 can win passage this week.
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Democrats asking for more representation in committees
Posted on 6/12/2017 10:51:00 AM.

After lawmakers failed to pass a budget or any tax reform bills in the fiscal session, some blame the Republican-dominated money committees. Minden Representative Gene Reynolds the ratio of the House is about 60 percent Republicans and 40 percent Democrats, and they’d like to see a more balanced representation in House Appropriations and Ways and Means.
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House convenes today to restart budget discussions
Posted on 6/12/2017 1:10:00 AM.

The House convenes at 9 a.m. as lawmakers try again to pass a spending plan for next fiscal year, after failing to do so in the regular session. Governor John Bel Edwards says his recommendation is that lawmakers pick up where they left off with the conference committee report.
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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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State leaders play blame game entering special session
Posted on 6/9/2017 10:37:00 AM.

State leaders are pointing fingers at who’s to blame for the fourth special session of Governor John Bel Edwards’ term. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry of Metairie says they tried to negotiate with the governor over a budget, and he wanted all or nothing. He says that seems to be the governor’s strategy these days.
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