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
S. Lincoln

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.

One Down, Two To Go

Jun 20, 2016

“We only have 3 opportunities before us to possibly fund the vital services that we need in all of our communities,” Bogalusa Rep. Malinda White reminded her colleagues. 

Her HB 38 was one of those opportunities, and the full House took it up Sunday evening. The bill would reduce the amount of federal excess itemized deductions allowed on state returns.

Sue Lincoln

A clearly weary Governor John Bel Edwards met with the press today to discuss the status of the state’s finances and the special session seeking to address them.

Edwards said he keeps meeting with lawmakers, but some of them keep singing the same song.

“Legislators are somehow hoping that money is just going to show up,” the Governor said. “I learned a long time ago that hoping is not really a course of action.”

Sue Lincoln

In the space of two hours, the full Senate did some heavy lifting Thursday. It took just two minutes to okay the much-delayed capital outlay bill.

“Hopefully this will be the final HB 2 of 2016,” Senate Revenue and Fisc chair J.P. Morrell said, with a sigh.