'You Have to Give Back': Honoring MLK

Jan 15, 2018
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2018 marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, but today we are honoring his life and work.

TOPS Changes Proposed: 'Step It Up'

Jan 12, 2018
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“The TOPS program serves the citizens of Louisiana very, very well,” state Senator Blade Morrish of Jennings told the task force he chairs. “That being said, I think the current program, which was developed a little over 20 years ago, is an antiquated program that’s in the 20th century and not in the 21st century.”

College Apps Up, Even With Funding In Doubt

Jan 11, 2018

By one measure, you could say business is booming for Louisiana’s colleges and universities.

“LSU is experiencing right now a 28-percent increase in terms of students who are seeking admission next year, in-state. It’s more than 50-percent increase for out-of-state students,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told the Baton Rouge Press Club this week.

Update On Citizens Insurance

Jan 10, 2018
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You remember Citizens Insurance, don’t you? So how fares the state’s property insurer of last resort?

"We’re projected to be about 39,900 policies at the end of 2018; $7.5 billion in exposure," Citizens' CEO Richard Newberry told the legislature's Joint Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

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When Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, the main topic was no surprise: he talked about the fiscal cliff, and his proposal to fix it.

Doing Time, But How Much?

Jan 8, 2018
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A task force looking at dividing crimes into classes is close to drafting its final recommendations.

“I think we could propose having Class D be a zero-to-10-year class; Class E be a zero-to-five-year class,” suggests Scott Nettles, an attorney from Livingston.

But the Felony Class System Task Force is also looking to see if this will help solve the problem of calculating actual prison time.

Improving Riverboat Casinos

Jan 5, 2018
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They've been meeting for more than a year, but now the state's Riverboat Economic Development Task Force is preparing its recommendations for the upcoming legislative session.

Cliff Plan: Sound Familiar?

Jan 4, 2018
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Just 15 days remain until Gov. John Bel Edwards’ self-imposed deadline for legislative leaders to agree on a fix for the fiscal cliff.


“Jan. 19 — the day we present our executive budget proposal," he says is the last day for an agreement, in order to call a special session prior to the March 12 start of the regular legislative session.

Untangling The TTF

Jan 3, 2018
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Before being elected U.S. senator, former state Treasurer John Kennedy for several years was insistent that unlocking statutory dedications would help with what ails Louisiana’s budget.


"The Legislature set these funds up by a majority vote," Kennedy told Capitol Access in early 2015. "The Legislature can unset them up by a majority vote, as well."


But the current legislative subcommittee combing through stat deds keeps running into snarls.

Not The Fall, But The Sudden Stop At The Bottom

Jan 2, 2018
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"This is now becoming not an exercise on paper, and a 'what-if?' – it's about to become reality."


Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was referring to the fiscal cliff, during the most recent Revenue Estimating Conference meeting. Dardenne then asked the Office of Planning and Budget’s Manfred Dix for an analysis of the ripple effect of cutting a billion dollars from the state budget.