Capitol Access

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Reports on Louisiana politics, government and the people shaping state policy.

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Sue Lincoln

“Come July 1, we are all tumbling off the cliff together,” Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne warned the Baton Rouge Rotary Club.


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This past spring, there was heated legislative debate over a bill to raise probation and parole fees from $67 to $100 dollars a month. That was for supervision of people who’d been convicted of crimes. But now a federal lawsuit says people who’ve merely been charged with crimes are being required to pay nearly four times that amount -- if their case lands before one state district judge in Baton Rouge.


Sue Lincoln

“We’re probably in one of the safest times in our state’s history right now, primarily because both the Louisiana Legislature and the U.S. Congress are out of session,” Congressman Garret Graves began, as he spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

“I also want to thank the Governor and the legislature, because I think for the first time in a long time they actually made Congress appear functional,” he added.

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With just over nine weeks to go till the state Treasurer election, it’s been very quiet. What’s going on? Primarily fundraising.


TOPS Task Force Named

Aug 4, 2017
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What to do about TOPS? The popular college scholarship program has grown from $50-million in 1999, to a cost of nearly $300-million this year, and Louisiana is facing a $1.2-billion drop in revenues next year.

“Doing nothing is not an option moving forward,” says Representative Franklin Foil of Baton Rouge.


Such A Deal?

Aug 3, 2017
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This Friday and Saturday, it’s Louisiana’s back-to-school sales tax holiday!

But before you hit the stores expecting a deeply discounted total on your bill, Joe Henchman with the national non-profit Tax Foundation says buyers should be aware of what they’re really saving with this “tax holiday”.


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“The National Flood Insurance Program is vital to Louisiana’s economy. It expires September 30th. We need to renew it.”

Louisiana's U.S. Senator John Kennedy is an intrinsic part of that effort.


Sue Lincoln

“Anybody in here like taxes? Raise your hand! I’m a Republican. I don’t like taxes, but in this particular case, I like the tax,” Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter said, referring to his bill earlier this year, which would have raised the gasoline tax. He’s still irritated that House leadership rebuffed that measure.


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“It’s not a loss for the Republican Party – it’s a loss for the American people. But I intend to keep my promise to the people of Louisiana, to get rid of Obamacare,” U.S. Senator John Kennedy said, right after the so-called “skinny repeal” failed late last week. 


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For the fifth straight year, the number of students in Louisiana earning Advanced Placement credits has increased. More than 6,500 students gained college credit from their 2017 AP exams. 


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