LIVE WITH QUIN HILLYER: HEALTHCARE FOLDS

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:31
Edwards blasts GOP House for lack of budget plan
Written by 
Rate this item
(0 votes)

edwards capitol The Louisiana legislative special session is not yet a full two days old and the gubernatorial gloves are coming off and quickly.

The issue?  How to plug another budgetary hole to pay for anticipated services due through the end of the fiscal year, ending June 30.

Here is a blast from the Governor John Bel Edwards’s office sent via email, today.

Key Points:

  • House Republicans still have not offered a viable alternative to Gov. Edwards' plan to eliminate the shortfall. 
  • Instead, House Republicans proposal cut spending on K-12 schools, public colleges and universities and the prison system but then withdrew the plan.
  • As part of their proposal, House Republicans suggested additional cuts to K-12 education, TOPS and funding for infrastructure as part of a "complicated scheme."

 

The Advocate: Sharp division among Republicans, tough questions after second day of special session

House Republican leaders on Tuesday privately proposed covering a mid-year budget deficit in part by cutting spending on K-12 schools, public colleges and universities and the prison system but then withdrew the plan in the face of strenuous objections by Gov. John Bel Edwards and a lack of support from its own members.

GOP leadership also canceled an Appropriations Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon during which the Republican-controlled committee was to take up the budget cuts favored by the leadership.

The events took place on the first full day of a nine-day special session called by Edwards to close a $304 million shortfall.

The House leadership’s retreat on both fronts indicates sharp divisions within the ranks of Republicans, who hold a majority in both the state House and Senate. The governor is a Democrat who counts on strong support from his party in both chambers as well as the Senate, which is more moderate than the House.

Click here to read the full story.

 

NOLA.com: Louisiana House proposed balancing budget by making cuts to higher education and other areas

 

The Louisiana House Republican leadership had been looking to close the state's $304 million budget deficit by cutting higher education, prisons, K-12 schools and other state agencies instead of taking total advantage of state rainy day funding set aside to assist with financial emergencies.

The House plan presented to Gov. John Bel Edwards Tuesday (Feb. 14) called for $50 million in rainy day funding to be drawn down instead of the $119.6 million that's available -- and that the governor wants to use.

Instead of tapping all of the rainy day money, the House budget plan relied on $70 million worth of new reductions to public colleges, K-12 education, prisons and other areas of state government. Agencies would have had to absorb the extra cuts in the last four months of the year, before the budget ends on June 30. 

The governor rejected this House leadership proposal Tuesday morning, with his staff calling it a non-starter in interviews. In his budget deficit plan, Edwards avoided cuts to colleges and prisons in part by using all the rainy day money he is allowed to tap. By law, the governor and lawmakers can withdraw one third of the rainy day funding annually to deal with midyear deficits. That figure is equal to the $119.6 million Edwards has proposed using to spare some services. 

Click here to read the full story. 

 

 

Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Comey's Russia testimony was bad omen for Trump
  • Contenders to succeed N. Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, at starting gate
  • JBE spending governance leads to Louisiana's lower credit ratings
  • Will distorting RussiaGate backfire on Trump and Company?

watergateEven the Russians are talking about the impeachment of Donald Trump. The L.A. Times reported on Monday, March 20, 2017, “Sergei Markov, a Moscow-based political analyst and a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, claimed the hearings into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are ‘related to an attempt to impeach Trump.’”

Read More

mike johnson2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Saturday is election day
    The race for the District 8 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives highlights election day this Saturday, March 25.
    It is a special election called to fill the seat of Rep. Mike Johnson, who was elected to Congress.  The winner will serve out the remainder of his term.

Read More

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Louisiana has endured adverse credit rating changes since edwards midDemocrat Gov. John Bel Edwards assumed office, completing a downgrade trifecta last week.

Read More

backgunThe post-mortem on the Donald Trump-Comey-House Intelligence Hearing Monday continues.

On the extreme right, from the jowls of someone who knows a thing or two about investigations against a President, Pat Buchannan, there is still “nothing there, there”.

 

Read More

BB Menu

latter-blum2

TRUMP TALK

Trump Talk: Ryancare, Russia, Investigations, Travel ban--with Jeff Crouere

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1