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Today, we're taking a look back at the year in Louisiana politics.

In 2019, we saw some things change and others stay the same.

Democrat John Bel Edwards earned another four years in the governor's mansion, but it was a lonely victory. Republicans won every other statewide race and have unprecedented control in the House and Senate.

And there were some changes on this program as well. Wallis Watkins has left Capitol Access, but she was kind enough to come back and talk through some of the big stories of 2019.

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For the second straight year, Republican lawmakers have refused to accept state economists’ forecast of expected revenue in the upcoming fiscal year, a crucial benchmark for crafting the state budget.

The partisan stand-off over the budget could also delay funding for several projects in Louisiana, including the reopening of the Algiers Ferry, coastal restoration in Plaquemines Parish and payments associated with the Harrah’s Casino contract.

In Thursday’s meeting, Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metairie), on behalf of House Speaker Taylor Barras (R-New Iberia), voted down updated forecasts presented by the Legislative Fiscal Office and pision of Administration.

Revenue Stalemate Ends, But Spending Debate Continues

Apr 11, 2019
Wallis Watkins

Speaker of the House Taylor Barras (R-New Iberia) agreed Wednesday to approve $119 million dollars in additional state revenue for next fiscal year, ending a significant stalemate between Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican leaders in the House. 

Budget Battle Brews In State Capitol

Apr 5, 2019
Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service

Louisiana lawmakers managed to avoid a steep drop in state revenue last year by passing a partial extension of a temporary hike in sales tax. But even with the fiscal cliff behind them, legislators are anticipating another budget battle this session. 

Wallis Watkins

Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration  presented a $31 billion proposal for next year’s budget on Friday. But before it can become a reality, a legislative stalemate would have to break. 

Wallis Watkins

For the second time in as many weeks, Republican leaders in the House have rejected guidance from state economists who estimate Louisiana’s income will be higher than expected this fiscal year and next. 

Budget Deficit Is Less Than Previously Thought

Apr 13, 2018
Wallis Watkins

Lawmakers in Louisiana got good news Thursday. The state’s fiscal cliff isn’t quite as bad as previously expected.

'Good News': No Mid-Year Cuts

Dec 15, 2017
legis.la.gov

Gov. John Bel Edwards was pleased with the results of Thursday’s Revenue Estimating Conference meeting, telling the panel, "For the first time in many years, you've actually upgraded our forecast for current year and for next year. Let’s just hope we’re accurate on that."

Leftover Money

Sep 22, 2017
Sue Lincoln

There’s good state financial news, for a change.

“Revenue is finally exceeding – slightly – the forecast.”

After Governor John Bel Edwards made that statement on his monthly radio show Wednesday, it was confirmed during Thursday’s Revenue Estimating Conference meeting.


2017 'Blame Game" Aims at the REC

Apr 24, 2017
Sue Lincoln

In the 2016 sessions, House members were ready to blame the state's budget problems on inaccurate fiscal notes from the Legislative Fiscal Office. Now it;s time for the 2017 version of the “Legislative Blame Game”.

“REC is always wrong,” Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry has said.


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