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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 new video out about it.


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The latest state employment figures are out, and the song remains the same one we’ve heard before from legislative fiscal analyst Greg Albrecht.

“We’ve been in a real decline, while the rest of the country has not. What we really need is job growth.”

Louisiana’s 5.7% unemployment rate, compared to the national average of 4.3%, is impacting sales tax and personal income tax collections, which together make up 61% of total state revenue.

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“They’re willing, apparently, to leave here without funding the government. Then why should we fund any other part of it?”

Franklin Representative Sam Jones is referring to the Republican House leadership. He is one of the House Democrats who blocked HB 3, the capital outlay funding bill, Wednesday evening.


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Governor John Bel Edwards saw some victories for his agenda in the Senate this week, with the advancement of criminal justice reforms and anti-discrimination legislation, as well as a bill to increase the minimum wage. The House, on the other hand?

“Quite frankly, I’m disappointed – particularly in the House,” the governor said, with a sigh.


Don't Call Them 'Cuts'

May 5, 2017
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When the full House convened Thursday to debate and vote on the budget bill, Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry put members on notice: choose your words carefully.

“We don’t have any 'cuts' in the budget. We’re reducing the appropriation because we don’t have the money. For me to 'cut' you, I have to have given you the money in the first place, and we haven’t given anyone any money as of right now.”

Herding the CAT Tax

Apr 25, 2017
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“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tax proposal in Louisiana that has drawn this much concern and criticism from a variety of different voices,” LABI's Steve Waguespack told me on Friday. And while he hasn't spoken his piece about the Corporate Activity Tax to the House Ways and Means Committee yet, more than a few lawmakers already had their fur up when Representative Sam Jones started herding the CAT tax bill through that committee on Monday.


A Matter of Trust

Jun 15, 2016
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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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Certain conservative lawmakers had their last hope for a magical pot of budget-saving money dashed Monday, when Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne updated the Joint Budget Committee on state contracts.

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A bill to change the way multi-state corporations calculate their profits for Louisiana tax purposes picked up a mystery amendment on the House floor Thursday. At least, it was a mystery to its author, Oil City Rep. Jim Morris.

“If I was to be honest and tell you I had to explain it, I’d be a dead person,” Morris told the House.

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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.

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