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Louisiana News & politics focus on Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana legislature

In a John Bel Edwards press release, the Louisiana governor defended his budget proposal which he presented to the House committee today.  Also, one Koch-supported organization, Americans for Prosperity has slammed the governor for claiming that taxes would be needed. 

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by Jim Brown

Since the time of Charles Dickens, the plight of children in state custody has been the source of great public anxiety. In the almost 200 years since Oliver Twist was published, many of us think of starving children immortalized by young Oliver who received a beating for asking, “Please sir, may I have some more?” 

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jay morrisDuring the last precious hours of the Louisiana legislative special session--called earlier this year, by Governor John Bel Edwards--to address an historical budget crises, it appeared that the governing process would close to a crashing halt of failure. 

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hilburnOn this Louisiana budgetary D-Day, does this legislative special session nightmare sound like accounting gobblygook to you? 

If so, join the crowd.

Which is why I turned to Gannett’s reporter, Greg Hilburn, to explain to me (and to us) just what’s going on as the legislature and Governor John Bel Edwards, the lobbyists and everybody else watching from near or afar, can make sense of the intricacies and nuances of the last day of arguably, the worst budgetary crises session in Louisiana history.

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With Louisiana on the precipice of budgetary collapse, with Universities on the brink of going dark, Louisiana's Governor John Bel Edwards, who has been in office for less than two months, is calling the siren cry.

With fewer than 48 hours to go until the end of the special legislative session, Governor John Bel Edwards outlined the drastic cuts that are scheduled to take place in the areas of health care and higher education if the legislature does not bring in additional revenue to solve the current budget shortfall.  For the current fiscal year, Louisiana faces a more than $940 million deficit that must be addressed by Wednesday, Mar. 9 at 6 p.m.  For the fiscal year that begins on July 1, Louisiana faces a more than $2 billion deficit. Gov. Edwards has offered the only comprehensive plan to solve the budget deficits that includes both spending cuts and asks for a balance of revenue raising measures from businesses and individuals. 

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hb122The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee has temporarily solved the current fiscal budget crises by approving an amendment to HB 122, that sends the appropriations bill forward.

 

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young mother testifiesWhile some legislators tearing up today hearing the tough tales from Louisiana voters who appear to be on the losing side of the budget, the state of urgency in the State of Louisiana, is not there yet, or so it seems.

Today, the public in a Senate hearing are voicing their frustrations and concerns about anticipated cuts.

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edwards capitolBy Lou Gehrig Burnett

A penny for your thoughts?

    There are plenty of thoughts likely taking place about a penny among Louisiana voters as a result of the Louisiana House of Representatives approving an additional one cent to the state’s current four-cent sales tax.

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capitolDemocrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration and Democrats in the Louisiana Senate seem so desperate to grow government that they have resorted hypocrisy, if not outright fibbing, about the temporal length of a tax for the use of its proceeds for operating expenses of government – adding to the lack of logic behind justification of their preferred time span.

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lagopState Representative Lance Harris (R­Alexandria), Chairman of the House Republican Delegation, released the following:

“Government should always strive to be less intrusive to citizens and business, spend its money efficiently, and deliver its core functions without raising taxes. This has always been and will continue to be the goal of the House Republicans. 

The Governor called the legislature into an "extraordinary" session in mid­ February. The revenue of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, had fallen nearly $1 billion below projections. Thus, in order to continue government operations, the legislature would need to find areas of waste, cut certain services, and/or raise revenue. 

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