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Sue Lincoln

Just 15 days remain until Gov. John Bel Edwards’ self-imposed deadline for legislative leaders to agree on a fix for the fiscal cliff.

 

“Jan. 19 — the day we present our executive budget proposal," he says is the last day for an agreement, in order to call a special session prior to the March 12 start of the regular legislative session.

Untangling The TTF

Jan 3, 2018
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Before being elected U.S. senator, former state Treasurer John Kennedy for several years was insistent that unlocking statutory dedications would help with what ails Louisiana’s budget.

 

"The Legislature set these funds up by a majority vote," Kennedy told Capitol Access in early 2015. "The Legislature can unset them up by a majority vote, as well."

 

But the current legislative subcommittee combing through stat deds keeps running into snarls.

Sue Lincoln

"This is now becoming not an exercise on paper, and a 'what-if?' – it's about to become reality."

 

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was referring to the fiscal cliff, during the most recent Revenue Estimating Conference meeting. Dardenne then asked the Office of Planning and Budget’s Manfred Dix for an analysis of the ripple effect of cutting a billion dollars from the state budget.

Roseau Cane Update

Jan 1, 2018
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While you oooh and ahhh over the intricate use of flowers and plants ornamenting today's Rose Parade floats in Pasadena, California, Louisiana officials continue to fret about the die off of a necessary marshland plant — Roseau cane.

 

"We've now got observations of the invasive scale in 13 parishes," reports Jim Pahl with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Marit Vatne

How to summarize the year 2017 in state politics? Somewhat less trauma, but much of the same drama.

For the second year in a row, we had back-to-back-to-back legislative sessions, with Senate President John Alario repeating what became a familiar prediction: "There isn't a whole lot looks like that's going to get accomplished in this session."

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Starting in early 2018, state policymakers will be looking ahead to the 2021 redistricting process. While many are focused on a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision over alleged partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, longtime Louisiana politicians admit the concerns that case raises are not new to the Bayou State.

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I think I can confidently predict one political policy hot topic for the coming year: redistricting.

Also known as "reapportionment," it's come up no less than four times in meetings this past month alone.

Sue Lincoln

In addition to fiscal cliff issues dominating legislative discussions this spring and congressional elections this fall, what's on the political horizon for 2018?

There's about to be a governor's race, and so candidates are going to have to announce, start campaigning this year, start raising money this year," says Gannett reporter Greg Hilburn.

Where The Jobs Are

Dec 25, 2017
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(Just because it’s Christmas, here’s an “evergreen” Capitol Access.)

Whether it’s refundable tax credits, a decade's worth of property tax forgiveness, or cash up front, Louisiana is making deals with industry. In fact, state Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson has a video out about it.

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During his year-end press conference this week, Gov. John Bel Edwards was asked about the legislative auditor's report on former State Police commander Mike Edmonson. The governor says he's not convinced Edmonson's use of the residence at the state police compound was improper.

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