TOPS, higher education and strawberry farms: Louisiana politics today

Louisiana legislators and higher education leaders have been told that the state budget proposal that will be presented Monday (Jan. 22) will likely include a 80 percent reduction in funding for the TOPS college scholarship program for the 2018-2019 school year. That type of cut would affect incoming freshmen and students already enrolled in college that use […]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott plans ‘mission’ to lure Louisiana businesses

Florida Gov. Rick Scott plans to travel to Louisiana this week to try to lure businesses from here to his state. The so-called domestic trade mission was announced in a news release from Scott’s office Tuesday, in which he took aim at Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana’s unemployment rate and the state’s fiscal challenges. […]

When politics and Mardi Gras collide

Members of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians, the nerve center for the annual Washington Mardi Gras weekend, received an eye-opening email earlier this month. “I am asking krewe members to sell back his/her tickets,” wrote senior lieutenant and krewe treasurer Ted Jones. “We have no seats available for the oversold tickets.” Overall, to date, there […]


The “fiscal cliff” is about to start getting real. After months of talk about how Louisiana would make $1 billion in state budget cuts if lawmakers don’t replace expiring sales taxes, Gov. John Bel Edwards will unveil this week the first proposal for how those cuts might look. The Democratic governor doesn’t want to recommend […]

The Rundown: Budget negotiations ongoing as legislative priorities are being set and more Louisiana political news

Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers plot out priorities beyond the budget; Last year’s SB1 debate has prompted an outpouring of applications to LSMSA; Legislators brace for Gov. John Bel Edwards’ budget proposal this week; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until Gov. Edwards releases his executive budget recommendation: 3 Days […]

In a year of big stock gains, Pelican State Portfolio lags behind

Last year was record-setting for Wall Street, thanks to the steady performance of the U.S. economy and the pro-business policies being pushed by President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. But by and large, Louisiana-based businesses missed out on those stock gains as continued low oil prices took their toll on the state’s publicly traded […]

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards open to reviewing occupational licensing laws in Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards wants state lawmakers in the regular session this year to review Louisiana’s occupational licensing requirements that have been criticized as overly onerous – placing him on the side of pro-business groups that he’s often at odds with. “We’re going to be looking at a number of things that we will do to […]

Time for change to TOPS may be around the corner: task force plan spells out huge changes

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students would undergo sweeping changes under a plan unveiled Thursday by the chairman of a legislative task force studying the issue. The suggestions, which face huge hurdles, were offered by Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, leader of the TOPS Task Force and chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Under the […]

In wake of Trump’s Medicaid-related announcement, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards ‘actively working’ on ideas

Louisiana is developing a proposal to impose work requirements on certain adult Medicaid recipients, as the Trump administration announced Thursday it will allow states to enact such provisions. Gov. John Bel Edwards said his administration is “actively working” on the concept, which would require federal approval. The Democratic governor talked of the proposal broadly in […]

Republicans, Gov. John Bel Edwards still at budget impasse, as each side calls for more details from other

Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republicans find themselves yet again in a game of who will blink first as the window narrows to avoid the looming fiscal cliff. Both sides want more details from the other and have loudly complained in recent days about not getting information they want from the opposing side. The […]