Lawmakers: Tax exemptions to be examined in upcoming session

Lawmakers just closed a $304 million mid-year budget deficit and are already looking ahead to April, when the Legislature will look for revenue sources to help remedy the state’s consistently dire financial picture. After pulling $99 million from the state’s rainy day fund and filling the remaining gap with cuts, including $40 million cut primarily from […]

By February 28, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Relations frayed heading into La. tax debate

That was supposed to be the easy part. The just-ended special legislative session, called to close a more than $300 million deficit, had so many teeth-gnashing, meltdown-threatening moments that it raises questions about the possibility of success heading into the far trickier legislative session that begins in April. In that upcoming session, Gov. John Bel […]

By February 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The Rundown: Louisiana Legislature begins process of building next year’s budget with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ recommendation

Today in The Rundown: The Legislature finished one budget and now work begins on another; Gov. Edwards heads to DC; Cassidy holds another town hall after rowdy Metairie event; and more. Budget: Less than a 24 hours after the state Legislature solved one budget crisis, the Edwards administration presented a plan for the next year’s […]

By February 24, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Louisiana Legislature agrees to deficit-closing plan hours before special session deadline

The Louisiana Legislature closed a $304 million mid-year budget deficit after a short special session on Wednesday, and now legislators are beginning work on the next budget cycle. The final plan for closing the shortfall in the budget that ends June 30 relies on $99 million from the state’s rainy day fund. The rest will […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →


America Rising Squared and America Rising PAC have been reaching out to reporters in Louisiana on a regular basis since December to push alternative takes on stories involving Gov. John Bel Edwards. Budget stories and the administration’s approach to revenue have been the focus so far. The conservative group, which largely plays in national politics, […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Capitol Views: House speaker, senate president and governor hold keys to session compromise

And then there were three. Gov. John Bel Edwards, Senate President John Alario and House Speaker Taylor Barras went into a private meeting this afternoon for another push toward a compromise in the ongoing special session. The Big Three are dangerously close to being in last-minute negotiations, with a midnight deadline looming for adjournment tomorrow. […]

By February 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Gap narrowing, time dwindling as Louisiana Legislature continues work to close $304M deficit

Louisiana lawmakers have less than a day left to decide how the state will close a $304 million mid-year budget deficit, and though negotiations appeared to be moving in a positive direction, the fight ultimately could come down to a battle over fewer than $10 million. At issue is what it will take to get […]

By February 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Capitol Views: Tension builds with three different plan numbers

As of this afternoon, the House, the Senate and the Edwards administration had all offered up different numbers for the special session’s most basic elements. While it’s certainly the building blocks for any compromise, the different approaches have been striking. Each time the Louisiana Legislature has reached a disagreement over policy during this special session […]

By February 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Analysis: Senate moves past expulsion talk, back to budget

The Senate side plot of Louisiana’s deficit-closing special session, whether to oust a senator from the chamber because of multiple domestic violence incidents, ended without the historic vote. And for senators, that’s just fine with them. Troy Brown decided to resign from the Senate last week rather than go through the indignity of an expulsion […]

By February 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Capitol Views: Lawmakers balk at governor’s budget proposal

he House Appropriations Committee rejected legislation today that contained key parts of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan for rebalancing the current fiscal year budget, which has a $304 million deficit. House Bill 1 by Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, would have reconfigured spending and cut certain areas of state government. While it signals […]

By February 17, 2017 0 Comments Read More →