Neil Abramson

A Constitutional Solution to the Fiscal Cliff?

Oct 2, 2017

With the current trio of constitutional amendments on the ballot, voters are being asked to prohibit some taxes and lock away the proceeds of others. But doesn’t that contradict what we’ve been hearing from many state lawmakers?

Push It Back, Push It Back, Waaaay Back

Jan 20, 2017
courtesy Bob Mann

When the State Bond Commission met Thursday, they considered the plan to issue $275-million in bonds in March, in order to fund this year’s capital outlay projects.

But the author of this year’s Capital Outlay bill expressed reservations about the deal.

Tax Today (Maybe); Gone Tomorrow

Jun 16, 2016

House Ways and Means narrowly advanced one more revenue-raising bill Wednesday, reducing individual state itemized deductions to 57.5 percent of that allowed on federal returns -- maybe.

“If we end up with excess revenue, through any other source, this provision will be null and void everybody will get 100%. We will use the other money instead,” Ways and Means chair Neil Abramson explained.

A Matter of Trust

Jun 15, 2016
Sue Lincoln

While the Senate was hoping for more revenue-raising bills to work on this week, the House took Tuesday off – though it appears lawmakers are getting back to work today. This morning, Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs will be doing the few bills they have received from the House, including amending and voting on HB 2, the Capital Outlay bill.

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On Wednesday, House Ways and Means took up tax-raising measures that could help fill the $600 million budget gap the state is facing next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Managing the Play Clock Not Easy

Jun 8, 2016
S. Lincoln

“Don’t make any plans yet,” House Speaker Taylor Barras told the lower chamber’s members. “We have only next week and four days after that to complete the work – not counting the weekend dates.”

Barras is apparently attempting better play clock management in this second special session than during the first special session earlier this year, as he gave representatives a rundown of the plan of attack.

N/A Becomes Available

Jun 8, 2016

After being AWOL much of the last two days of the regular session, House Ways and Means chairman Neil Abramson had some explaining to do about the failure to pass the Capital Outlay bill on Monday.

All he would say to the full House then was, “The legal and technical issues did not allow this to be fixed, and did not allow this to be fixed in conference committee.”

But when he got before his own committee Tuesday, Abramson was more forthcoming. Of course, he was asking for their support on the new versions of the state construction bills.

Epic Fail: State Construction Bill

Jun 7, 2016
Sue Lincoln

The regular session has ended, and the second special session has begun. And the chairman of House Ways and Means, Neil Abramson, is nobody’s favorite right now. He did not get the capital outlay bill – HB 2 – passed.

Senate President John Alario kept waiting for it.

When Reality Meets the Road: Capital Outlay

Jun 2, 2016
S. Lincoln

The full Senate took up the state construction bill Wednesday; HB 2, also known as Capital Outlay.

"What HB 2 does, is it establishes our priorities as a state, as to what we believe construction should be,"  Senate Revenue and Fisc chair J.P. Morrell said, as he handled HB 2 in the upper chamber.

On the other side of the Capitol, the bill’s author, House Ways & Means chair Neil Abramson, was getting an update from Bond Commission director Lela Folse -- on how few dollars are actually available.

Tensions Run High Ahead of House Votes

Feb 25, 2016

With the full House meeting most of the day to debate and vote on revenue-raising measures, tension is abundant.

The House money committees got an early start, and despite Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry’s comment Wednesday, that he was “not really in a rush to deal with the Senate just yet.”

The committee began with the Senate measure to tap another $128-million from the Rainy Day fund.

“We pretty much have to do it,” Henry said, clearly displeased.

Appropriations also agreed to the bill to use the first $200-million coming from BP.