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Last Day, Last Chance

Jun 23, 2016

This is the final day of the second special session, and it must end by midnight tonight.

“We’re going to ask you to come in for 9 a.m.; be prepared to stay the day,” Senate President John Alario warned the upper chamber last evening. “More than likely we’ll be in and out with some long recesses in between.”


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The Senate Finance committee met Wednesday to amend the supplemental appropriations bill, which allocates the money raised during this special session.  

The session must end no later than midnight Thursday.  At this point, says Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur (D-Ville Platte), $258 million of additional revenue has been found.  


Being Singled Out?

Jun 22, 2016
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The House and Governmental Affairs committee met Tuesday to discuss House Resolution 4 by Representative Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City), which would direct the Louisiana State Law Institute to make particular meetings open to the public. 


Explaining The Thinking

Jun 21, 2016

Despite everything we’ve heard from the Edwards’ administration about the depth of Louisiana’s budget shortages, it’s quite clear now: the House leadership is done considering any more revenue-raising measures.

“We raised a couple hundred million dollars, so there’s enough money to put towards TOPS; there’s also enough money to put toward the private-public partnerships for the hospitals. So it’s not all gloom and doom.”

Squabbling Over Crumbs

Jun 21, 2016
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After the House approved cuts freeing up another $70-million for the upcoming budget Monday, they then squabbled over where to spend it – on TOPS, or on health care.

Prairieville Rep. Tony Bacala argued to put the money toward TOPS.

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