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The Rundown: The latest in tax and budget negotiations and everything else you need to know about the Louisiana Legislature today

Today in The Rundown: The 2017 session is underway; Republicans and Democrats still at odds over budget; a verdict in the Alton Sterling shooting may be coming down; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics. Countdown… Days until the regular session ends: 41 The News Budget: House Dems are looking for more from Republicans […]

‘Standstill’ describes a lot in Louisiana budget debate: Opinion

Heading into the fourth week of an eight-and-a-half-week session of the Legislature, not all hope is lost. Just all hope of meaningful and long-term changes to Louisiana’s dysfunctional tax and budget structures. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican lawmakers are pretty much playing for a tie at this point: more chewing gum and bailing wire to […]

The Rundown: Bills regulating sanctuary cities, opioids, paddling advance; more to know about Louisiana Legislature today

Today in The Rundown: House panel advances sanctuary cities legislation; opioid epidemic could lead to new limits on prescriptions; House will hear anti-corporal punishment legislation; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana Politics. Countdown… Days until the regular session ends: 42 The News Criminal justice: The Senate has agreed that the state should do away […]

The Rundown: Paw-lease — the CAT is done; budget talks continue; and more to know about Louisiana politics

Today in The Rundown: The 2017 session is underway; The Louisiana Legislature sheds the CAT; Flood aid finalized; Budget talks continue; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana Politics today. Days until the regular session ends: 43 The News Taxes: What’s next for Gov. John Bel Edwards’ budget plan after his CAT failed? http://bit.ly/2q3pr97…   Click […]

Bitter, partisan politics supplanting ‘good-times, same-team vibe’ in Louisiana Legislature

So many bridges have been burned at the Louisiana Capitol over the past 16 months that it sometimes feels like there aren’t any left, says Jeremy Alford. “You can sense it inside the building’s public cafeteria in the mornings and at the various cocktails parties in the evenings,” Alford writes in his latest column. “The […]

What Louisiana Can Teach The Nation About Bipartisanship

There is much to love about my home state of Louisiana- the spicy Cajun and Creole cuisine, warm weather, friendly people, entertaining politics, and of course, the LSU Tigers. However, my favorite thing about Louisiana is our unique commitment as a state to protecting mothers and children from the harms of abortion. While most states have […]

Capitol Views: CAT hearing turns into messaging exercise

With little chance of surviving a House committee debate that commenced this morning and stretched into the afternoon, the governor’s proposed commercial activity tax yielded more rhetoric than compromise during its first legislative hearing. Equally anticipated and dreaded, the meeting represents a significant mile-marker in the regular session that lawmakers convened two weeks ago. Gov. […]

National conservative group targets Gov. John Bel Edwards’ tax proposals

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ tax proposal has prompted yet another ad campaign against it, just as a major component gets its first hearing in a House committee this week. Members of the House Ways & Means Committee on Monday began hearing the details of Edwards’ proposed Commercial Activity Tax. The committee is expected to continue […]

The Rundown: Tax talks continue and everything else you need to know about the Louisiana Legislature today

Today in The Rundown: The hearing for the controversial Commercial Activity Tax continues Tuesday; a new case is raising questions about one component of the criminal justice push; lawmakers eye retirement programs; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics. Countdown… Days until the regular session ends: 44 The News Taxes: The highest-profile tax measure […]

The Rundown: House committee expecting to hear budget May 1, toy gun bill is pulled and more

Today in The Rundown: The 2017 session is underway; Temporary budget patches get noticed; House Republicans set May 1 target for hearing budget; Toy gun bill gets pulled; and everything else you need to know today about Louisiana politics. Countdown… Days until the regular session ends: 45 The News Legislature: Lawmakers have returned to temporary budget patches, […]