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The Art of the Barter

Feb 22, 2017
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Both the full House and Senate convened yesterday afternoon, but their business was brief, and more procedural than substantive.


Senate Preps for Troy Brown Disciplinary Hearing

Feb 15, 2017
Kevin Frey

Louisiana’s full Senate convened as a disciplinary committee Wednesday morning, preparing for next Monday’s hearing on whether or not to remove Napoleonville Senator Troy Brown from office.


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What will be the 2017 focus at Louisiana’s capitol?

“The state budget is so bad that you can’t allow yourself to be distracted by anything else,” Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs chairman J.P. Morrell says.


'The Longer We Wait, The Worse It Gets'

Dec 14, 2016
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The Revenue Estimating Conference met Tuesday to determine just how many millions short the state’s budget will be for the current fiscal year.

“Somewhere between 257 [million] and 464 [million] is a real adjustment that will need to be made,” explained Speaker of the House Taylor Barras (R-New Iberia).  

That's in addition to the $313 million shortfall in last year's budget, both of which must be accounted for by June 30th, the end of this fiscal year.


Despite Flood, "Rainy Day" Fund Off-Limits

Sep 28, 2016
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The previous fiscal year ended July 1st, but we still don’t know how deeply in the hole the state ended up.

Flood Costs Keep Clouds in Place Over Louisiana

Aug 23, 2016
Mark Carroll

LSU Economist Dr. Jim Richardson issued an estimate Monday, saying it will be a year before Louisiana recovers and the economic impacts of this flood are fully known.

Last Day, Last Chance

Jun 23, 2016

This is the final day of the second special session, and it must end by midnight tonight.

“We’re going to ask you to come in for 9 a.m.; be prepared to stay the day,” Senate President John Alario warned the upper chamber last evening. “More than likely we’ll be in and out with some long recesses in between.”


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With the House and Senate taking today off, this is a chance to update you on some of what happened in the flurry of activity, changing over from the regular session to the second special session.

Epic Fail: State Construction Bill

Jun 7, 2016
Sue Lincoln

The regular session has ended, and the second special session has begun. And the chairman of House Ways and Means, Neil Abramson, is nobody’s favorite right now. He did not get the capital outlay bill – HB 2 – passed.

Senate President John Alario kept waiting for it.

When Reality Meets the Road: Capital Outlay

Jun 2, 2016
S. Lincoln

The full Senate took up the state construction bill Wednesday; HB 2, also known as Capital Outlay.

"What HB 2 does, is it establishes our priorities as a state, as to what we believe construction should be,"  Senate Revenue and Fisc chair J.P. Morrell said, as he handled HB 2 in the upper chamber.

On the other side of the Capitol, the bill’s author, House Ways & Means chair Neil Abramson, was getting an update from Bond Commission director Lela Folse -- on how few dollars are actually available.

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