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Large state gas tax increase proposed

A Baton Rouge lawmaker and others are preparing legislation to increase the state’s gasoline tax by up to 17 cents per gallon, which would raise more than $500 million annually for roads and bridges. “We have to do something,” state Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge said in an interview Wednesday. In addition, an ally of […]

Task force reveals massive reforms to reduce Louisiana’s prison population, save $150 million

Louisiana, a state with the highest incarceration rate in the world, could shed 13 percent of its prison population and save tax payers $150 million in the process over the next 10 years, leaders of a criminal justice task force will announce Thursday morning. But reducing the prison population would require massive structural reforms — […]

La. State Police superintendent steps down

One of Louisiana’s most powerful men is stepping down from his post. Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police – his agency embroiled in a luxury travel and overtime scandal – will announce his retirement Wednesday, sources say. Edmonson started his State Police career more than 35 years ago – serving multiple years as the […]

Distractions could sidetrack Louisiana’s upcoming legislative session

When the regular session of the Louisiana Legislature convenes on April 10, it will all come down to clock management for lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration, says Jeremy Alford in his latest column. “So forget all of the marathon metaphors that you know, because this coming session, which concludes on June 8, is […]

Mike Edmonson’s job as head of Louisiana State Police in limbo amid mounting controversy

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration sought Monday to tamp down widespread speculation that a change in leadership is imminent at the Louisiana State Police, an agency that has been plunged into turmoil in recent weeks amid an FBI investigation of improper political contributions and revelations that four troopers charged taxpayers for a lavish road trip […]

La. lawmaker requests legislative audit of State Police travel

A Louisiana lawmaker on Monday asked the state legislative auditor to conduct a “full audit and report” into the out-of-state travel of State Police brass, including trips taken by Col. Mike Edmonson, the agency’s embattled superintendent, during his nine years in that post. The lawmaker, Blake Miguez, R-Erath, asked the legislative auditor, Daryl Purpera, to […]

Analysis: Louisiana’s attempting criminal justice overhaul

Louisiana’s top-in-the-nation incarceration rate is a drain on the state’s workforce and its treasury, and the lock-up numbers are getting a new look from elected officials who are wondering if their sentencing laws and public safety policies have been too harsh. In addition to tackling the weighty task of tax overhaul, Gov. John Bel Edwards […]

Sources: Subpoenas served as probe of Louisiana State Troopers Association moves forward

Federal authorities have ramped up an investigation into the Louisiana State Troopers Association, delivering a series of grand jury subpoenas this week to the nonprofit organization’s board of directors, according to sources familiar with the matter. Col. Mike Edmonson, the State Police superintendent, said Thursday that the FBI has notified him “that they would be […]

BRF fires back at lawmaker’s allegations of fraud, unpaid bills at University Health

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards stopped in Shreveport Wednesday to try to help mend fences between LSU Health’s medical school and BRF, its management company. The same day, state Sen. Greg Tarver called upon the Louisiana attorney general to look into the possibility of Medicaid fraud at University Health and alleged it owes $6.5 million […]

Women have monopoly on upcoming Louisiana judicial elections

Of the nine candidates running in Louisiana’s judicial races this year, all of them are women, Jeremy Alford notes in his latest column. “This is certainly welcome news for those who want to see more women in elected office in the Bayou State, where strides have been slow,” he writes. “Of course, this means that […]