Politics

Coverage of politics from the Louisiana statehouse in Baton Rouge and beyond.

Sue Lincoln

Have you ever been on a strict diet, counting every calorie, journaling every bite you take? For lawmakers, the state budget process has been like that for quite some time.

But now legislators are being told: “The confidence that we are going to end last year in a surplus is there.”


Leftover Money

Sep 22, 2017
Sue Lincoln

There’s good state financial news, for a change.

“Revenue is finally exceeding – slightly – the forecast.”

After Governor John Bel Edwards made that statement on his monthly radio show Wednesday, it was confirmed during Thursday’s Revenue Estimating Conference meeting.


Wallis Watkins

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, along with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, is leading the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in the U.S. Senate.  


Sue Lincoln

“Probably the majority of the electorate doesn’t even know the new state Treasurer will be selected on October 14th,” says Jeremy Alford of lapolitics.com.

The usual indicators of an imminent election aren’t there. Yard signs for local church fall fairs are more prevalent than those for the candidates.  Campaign ads on TV have been rare. 


Sue Lincoln

We hear it a lot – “reduce the size of government”. But what happens when you actually do? Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says in the past decade, they’ve had to cut 30 percent of their workforce.


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The approaching fiscal cliff has prompted a whole lot of meetings lately – behind closed doors.

“I’m very optimistic that we’re going to get it done, working with these business roundtable meetings and the legislative leadership in both the House and the Senate,” Governor John Bel Edwards said, following his meeting with business leaders in Bossier City last week.

In the past month, he has also met with business owners and representatives in Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Houma, and New Orleans. However, House Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry isn’t favorably impressed.

TOPS For Grown Folks

Sep 15, 2017
studentaid.ed.gov

“We have to find a way to fund TOPS for grown folks,” says Louisiana Community and Technical College System president Monty Sullivan, especially since the system now has the responsibility for adult education in the state -- a huge task.


What's A Utility Worth?

Sep 14, 2017
Mark Carroll

What is a power plant, water company, or railroad worth in Louisiana? Much more than Monopoly money.

“If they did this different methodology, which is supported by national organizations and which other states use, the value of these companies would increase by $2.4 billion.”


Sue Lincoln

Should Louisiana allow utility companies to compete? That’s one of the questions posed to Public Service Commission candidates at a forum Tuesday.

LA DOTD

Today we continue the conversation with Public Affairs Research Council president Robert Travis Scott, looking into the proposed constitutional amendments on the October 14th ballot.

Amendment 3 sets up a new dedicated fund for transportation construction.


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