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While we were busy with the special session, three state legislators announced for the Treasurer’s race this fall.


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Toward the end of the special session, there was a new hot topic at the Capitol: “attrition”.

“A big discussion now about this attrition issue as a basis for balancing the budget,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said at one point.


Feud Still Simmers

Feb 27, 2017
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Governor John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry have been battling since both took office, and the latest basis for their bickering remains unresolved.


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“Unfortunately there’s no rest for the weary,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the Joint Budget Committee Thursday.  “We start today looking at the challenges we face for the next fiscal year.”

Just one day after ending a special session to address the shortfall in the current budget, Dardenne was presenting the governor’s proposal for the next budget.

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With the bang of the gavel and a call of “The Senate will come to order. Mr Secretary, open the machines for roll call,” thus began the final day of the special session.


Senator Bill Cassidy held the first of five Louisiana town hall meetings Tuesday night in Livingston Parish. As WWNO’s Jessica Rosgaard reports, the audience of about 300 people asked questions about flood recovery and the policies of the Trump administration.

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“I don’t understand. In my world, a deficit is the difference between your revenue and your expenses.”

State budget shortfalls are complicated, even for Senator Sharon Hewitt (R-Slidell), who sits on the Finance Committee.

“Can you articulate for me in layman’s terms?” Hewitt asks.

With some help from Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, we’ll try.

The Art of the Barter

Feb 22, 2017
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Both the full House and Senate convened yesterday afternoon, but their business was brief, and more procedural than substantive.


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As the Special Session must end Wednesday at midnight, the House and Senate appear on their way to implementing a deal. 


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“We are attempting to start on time, but as we work through these negotiations, we want to make sure we have every opportunity to hear from everyone,” Speaker Taylor Barras apologized, as the House started more than three hours late Monday afternoon.

Leaders from both chambers were meeting, still trying to find agreement on how much of the Rainy Day Fund to use for the shortfall.

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