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Stalled: Medicaid bills, seen as Louisiana GOP priorities of special session, falter in committee

The Louisiana House appeared to teeter on the edge of meltdown as the fourth day of the special session began with a rejection of a series of Republican-priority proposals tied to the pricey Medicaid health care program. But by Thursday evening, and after multiple meetings across various factions, signs began to emerge that tensions may […]

By February 23, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Capitol Views: Another day of session, another derailment

A political melee over Medicaid issues unfolded during today’s meeting of the House Health and Welfare Committee. Bills backed by the House GOP leadership that were supposed to be part of larger deal to advance tax proposals in this special session were unexpectedly deferred by their legislative sponsors. While the bills can always be brought […]

By February 23, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

The Rundown: Special session trucks on and more news in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: Special session continues but success hangs in the balance; a hick-up in the I-10 widening project; a statewide elected official is accused of sexual harassment; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the special session must end: 12 Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 17 […]

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Capitol Views: Tax negotiations show signs of stress, fate of session shaky

It only took three days of legislative action on the House side to reveal that tax negotiations dating back several months yielded nothing in the form of an actual agreement prior to the start of this special session. The House Ways and Means Committee convened this morning in hopes of voting on critical tax bills, […]

By February 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

The Rundown: Tax talk stalls out at first hurdle, and more news in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers locked over best approach toward addressing the fiscal cliff; regulators look for utility relief; LSU task force unveils anti-hazing policies; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown…  Days until the special session must end: 13 Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 18 Days until the 2018 […]

By February 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Louisiana legislators look for financial solutions in first full day of special session

Louisiana legislators spent Tuesday diving into possible solutions for shoring up the state’s finances ahead of a looming billion-dollar shortfall this summer. But the first 24 hours of a 17-day special session ended with no clear path for any of the various revenue-raising proposals the Legislature is mulling. Lawmakers must end the special session by […]

By February 21, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

The Rundown: Special session countdown ticks; state official has unexpected injury; more Louisiana politics news today

Today in The Rundown: The 24 hours through the Louisiana Legislature’s special session and no deal in sight yet; a task force has recommended more money for public schools; Gov. Edwards talks budget in deep red St. Tammany; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the special session must […]

By February 21, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Special session to tackle TOPS scholarship program funding

The hype is over after Monday’s kickoff of the special session in Baton Rouge. Now comes the heavy lifting for state lawmakers to avoid the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ facing Louisiana with its $1 billion shortfall. That heavy lifting includes difficult budget decisions on the way on everything from taxes to spending cuts. One of the […]

By February 21, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Capitol Views: House to set pace this special session

While budget and tax issues will dominate the special session that convenes this afternoon, the real story resides in the Legislature’s lower chamber. Due to laws requiring such legislation to start in the House, the body has traditionally been the jumping-off point for most financial policies. But as this term passes its midway mark, the […]

By February 20, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

The Rundown: Lawmakers start special session with mixed expectations and more in politics today

Today in The Rundown: The Legislature begins its special session; teacher salaries are latest casualty of ongoing budget battles; and more in Louisiana politics news today. Countdown… Days until the special session must end: 15 Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 20 Days until the 2018 regular legislative session ends: 104…   Click Here For Remainder of […]

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