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Wallis Watkins

It took multiple special sessions, but the Louisiana Legislature avoided the fiscal cliff. With a budget crisis behind them, Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Advocate, says lawmakers, including the Governor, will focus their attention on other issues, like an upcoming election. 

Grace discusses which policy issues may or may not get traction in an election year with Capitol Access Reporter Wallis Watkins.

Wallis Watkins

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced, "the state of Louisiana no longer holds the title of incarceration capital of the nation."

John Brighenti / FLICKR

Louisiana could soon be collecting sales tax from online retailers, thanks to a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court.

DAVID STANLEY / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

In 2016, the Louisiana Legislature passed a law saying 17 year olds would no longer be treated as adults in the criminal justice system. Instead, they’d be considered juveniles.

Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service

As the Legislature was wrapping up sales-tax negotiations Sunday, the debate over long-term structural tax reform in Louisiana showed little sign of slowing down. 

Wallis Watkins

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling Thursday that threw a curveball into tax negotiations inside the Louisiana Capitol. 

Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service

Lawmakers continue to debate how many tenths of a penny should remain as part of the state's sales-tax rate. On Wednesday, a House committee advanced three options. 

Wallis Watkins

The House Appropriations committee spent the second day of a 10-day special session rehashing old budget debates. 

Wallis Watkins

Lawmakers filed back into the Capitol Monday for a third special session. They’ll spend the next 10 days focusing on the same problem they've failed to address twice already this year. In less than two weeks, the state will lose over $1 billion in revenue. 

Wallis Watkins

The House and Senate gavel back into session today to restart the lingering tax debate.

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