One day after the Louisiana Republican Party of Louisiana basked in the glory of its House Appropriations Committee members approving a budget that reduced expenses by over $230 million dollars, while maintaining full funding of TOPS, today, Democratic Governor's office responded.Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne will hold a press conference to discuss the budget passed that committee. Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy Leblanc and Louisiana Department of Children and Family
It is obvious that one of the leading observers of Louisiana politics and legislative affairs, Bernie Pinsonat, was not too impressed with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’s recent efforts to raise money for the state.
At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee. The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".
One of the recurring themes over the past few years of Louisiana budget battles, has been--why not consolidate the Universities to save money?
The argument goes--Louisiana has more universities and colleges than larger states, yet, we get less return for our dollars, therefore, should don't we consolidate which would make the system more streamlined? If we were to do this, we would get greater efficiency at a lower cost.
The following is a statement from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Stephen Waguespack, it's President and CEO:
The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) today issued the following response to the delayed release of Governor Edwards’ bill to raise $900 million in new taxes on employers known as the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT).
With equal parts pugnaciousness and disingenuousness, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ highly-politicized 2017 State of the State speech laid out a truly flawed vision for Louisiana going forward.
Shades of Katrina?
Is political partisanship raising its ugly head again in the face of another Louisiana disaster? Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards thinks so.
Edwards got some rough treatment from a congressional committee in Washington, D.C. when he testified before it recently about the state’s response to flood problems.
Yesterday, governor John Bel Edwards released his new tax plan as the state awaits the major debate as it approaches its spring legislative session.
As expected, the plan is met with criticisms from business interests and political conservatives and is being praised by some on the other side of the political spectrum.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Louisiana has endured adverse credit rating changes since Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards assumed office, completing a downgrade trifecta last week.
The question of healthcare and Medicaid will have a profound impact on those states who have opted into the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Medicaid expansion. Below is a letter sent by Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards to top Congressional officials urging them to protect that part of Obamacare