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The Rundown: A look at biggest stories in Louisiana politics heading into Memorial Day weekend

Today in The Rundown: Leaders are already calling another special legislative session “inevitable;” the House GOP strikes back at Democrats’ attempted power move; Senate Finance continues budget hearings; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana Politics today. Countdown… Days until the regular session ends: 13 The News Legislature: It’s all but inevitable that the legislature […]

Capitol Views: Battle over Louisiana minimum wage ends, proposed hike rejected

After Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, asked the Senate Finance Committee to “dig deep into your souls,” members shrugged off the appeal and buried the last remaining minimum wage increase proposal of the session. The legislation was part of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ official package. Carter’s Senate Bill 153 would have established a state minimum […]

The Rundown: Louisiana Legislature enters final 2 weeks of session and other political news highlights

Today in The Rundown: House Democrats try to use spending bill as leverage in budget negotiations; VP Mike Pence makes a surprise visit to a Denham Springs couple; An effort to increase the minimum wage has failed again; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the regular session […]

Alford: Personalities begin to emerge in Louisiana’s quiet race to treasurer

It’s possible that whoever wins the expected runoff this fall for state treasurer will spend less than $1 million during the primary, notes Jeremy Alford in his latest column, adding that would make the race an affordable victory for one lucky Louisiana politician. “Few voters are probably even aware that a race for treasurer is […]

The Rundown: TOPS, juvenile sentencing efforts advance and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: VP Mike Pence heads to Baton Rouge today; Leaders react to Trump budget plan’s impact on Louisiana; TOPS changes move ahead; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the regular session ends: 15 The News VP: Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Baton Rouge today; […]

Unlikely allies oppose rural job tax credit

In what could be described as an exercise in star-crossed politics, the left-leaning Louisiana Budget Project and the right-leaning Americans For Prosperity have joined forces to oppose the creation of a rural jobs tax credit. Special interests and lawmakers alike have become more protective in recent years about the use of taxpayer money for such […]

The Rundown: No luck for Gov. John Bel Edwards’ education agenda and more Louisiana politics news

Today in The Rundown: Key parts of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ education agenda have been quietly extinguished; A Baton Rouge man has been accused of trying to use a FAFSA tool to get President Trump’s tax records; The proposed film tax credit overhaul is advancing; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics […]

The Rundown: Death penalty, budget, taxes and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: Merits of the death penalty mulled; Clock winds down on the budget; Gas tax faces critical test; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics today. Countdown…  Days until the regular session ends: 17 The News Death penalty: The debate over capital punishment wages in Louisiana, as lawmakers vet the merits […]

Transportation bill aimed at winning back taxpayers’ trust breezes through House

A bill that would revamp state transportation spending practices in a bid to restore voter confidence in Louisiana’s roads and bridges program breezed through the state House on Thursday. The measure, House Bill 598, won approval 97-0. It next faces action in the Senate. While it does not raise money, the legislation is linked to a […]

LOUISIANA POLITICS: MONEY FOR STATE LEGAL JUDGMENTS IS MISSING FROM HOUSE’S BUDGET

There’s no money in the House-passed budget to address legal judgments that have been decided against the state and lawmakers are doubtful that any new dollars will be added to the spending plan to pay them next fiscal year, according to Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie. At one time the state was paying on average […]