Sue Lincoln

Reporter

Sue Lincoln is a veteran reporter in the political arena. Her radio experience began in the early ’80s, in “the other L-A” — Los Angeles.

Since her transplantation to Louisiana 25 years ago, she has covered the state, the capital, and its colorful cast of characters for Louisiana Radio Network, LPB and the Southern Education Desk.

Now she’s focusing her experience and expertise on producing WRKF’s Capitol Access.

Ways to Connect

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In Tuesday's Senate Agriculture committee, Senator Gerald Long reacted to a House-approved bill allowing the LSU and Southern University Ag Centers to research the growing of cannabis as industrial hemp.

“I think we’re on slippery slopes here,” suggested Long. 


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 A bill requiring all tax exemptions and credits be included in the budgeting process – letting the legislature decide how much could be spent on each annually – exposed a rift within the group that’s been pushing cuts in lieu of raising revenue.

Covington Representative John Schroder says it’s time for more legislative oversight of this money.

“We don’t know how much money we’re going to have to budget, until all that gets paid first – that $8.5 billion and growing – gets paid first.”

That’s nearly half the total revenue the state takes in, and it’s spent automatically before it ever makes it into the legislative budgeting process. Schroder says he believes that violates the state constitution.

Questioning the Vision

May 2, 2016
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“I hear nothing from the governor’s office on where he wants to take this state,” Senator Conrad Appel of Metairie complains. “Where is the guiding light? Where is the direction that this state is going in these big policy areas that have long-term implications?”

Appel’s criticism is perhaps understandable, since he was one of Governor Bobby Jindal’s legislative lieutenants, spearheading education reforms in 2012.

I asked Governor John Bel Edwards to respond.

Much Ado About Vouchers

Apr 29, 2016
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“We’ve got a special interest group from out of state that’s currently misleading the public about this voucher program,” Governor John Bel Edwards said at the start of his weekly press conference.

He was referring to an ad that’s been getting heavy play in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

“John Bel Edwards broke his word,” the ad begins. Then another woman says, “He lied.” A third woman claims, “He lied to me. He lied to my child.”

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A constitutional amendment seeks more cuts to deal with state budget shortfalls – cuts to state worker paychecks.

“This adds a level of personal responsibility on every employee of the state and every division head, which is: if you don’t help us balance the budget, it’s a one-percent cut to the end of that fiscal year,” Ascension Parish Rep. Tony Bacala said, explaining his bill to the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday.

He said he expects this would give lawmakers some leverage with department heads who claim there’s nothing more they can cut.

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