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shamed capitolby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Not-so-Special Session?

    It was as if the members of the Louisiana House of Representatives were having a good time in Baton Rouge and did not want to go home.
    With a threat of a Special Session hanging over their heads immediately following the Regular Session, House members refused to compromise with the Senate’s budget plan.

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alarioIf Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards wanted to avoid political defeat on Louisiana’s budget, he managed to set himself up to make it more inevitable and worse.

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wagby Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Perhaps it is the baseball fan in me, but I am a traditionalist in many ways.

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confedby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Senate kills Carmody bill

    It was a losing proposition right from the get-go.  Shreveport Rep. Thomas Carmody was successful in the House of Representatives, but it was a different story in the Senate.

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Louisiana State Capitol at nightby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Avoiding a special session?

    The Louisiana Senate may have saved state legislators from having to stay in Baton Rouge for a special session.  That depends, of course, on whether the House concurs with the Senate changes to the budget.

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Today, the Louisiana legislature approved an important legislative bill, the Coastal Master Plan.  Below are statements from the Governor and other stakeholders:

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capital potWith one week left to the end of the regular session, Governor John Bel Edwards has announced his satisfaction with the Senate budget.  He released thie statement today. On Wednesday, he released his Call for an upcoming special session set for immediately after the regular session.  The call is below.

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AbramsonGiven an opportunity to concoct corrections to fiscal flaws in Louisiana’s Constitution, lawmakers flinched earlier this week.

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The Advocate's Tyler Bridges gives Louisiana Legislature 2017 Update--Once again, there is a budget crunch. The House and the Senate are far apart from an agreement. Criminal justice reform is a hot button issue for the session.

Then, there is a special session looming prior to the start of the next year's regular session. The reason? An approximate one billion dollar fiscal cliff because the legislature raised the sales tax to ten cents in 2016. The penny sales tax expires next year and if the economy does not improve for the state, once again, Louisiana will be facing more debate over taxes, cuts as Governor John Bel Edwards enters his third year of his four-year term.

The Advocate's Tyler Bridges discusses these and other issues with Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of Bayoubuzz.com

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troy carter2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

No minimum wage hike

    The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee, by a  7-3 vote, voted down Sen. Troy Carter’s bill, which would have raised the minimum wage to $8 in 2018 and to $8.50 in 2019.
    The bill would have also required the state minimum wage to be raised to match any increase to the federal minimum wage should it be raised above the state minimum.

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  • Despite 5th plea, Schiff says House Intelligence Committee pursues Flynn's documents
  • Facebook Live: Discuss harm of Trump budget proposal on Louisiana coastal economy, restoration
  • Governor Edwards welcomes Pence with Medicaid, budget, Louisiana coast wishlist
  • World Premiere tonight in N.O. Bilderberg, the Movie

flynn2Despite General Michael Flynn’s announcement via his counsel that the General and former head of National Security, would take the 5th Amendment in Congressional proceedings, the Intelligence Committee will pursue information, regardless.

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560 usgs land loss map 2The efforts to rebuild the Louisiana coast has suffered a major and immediate setback, assuming that Congress goes along with the most recent budget proposal from President Trump.

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penceToday, Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Louisiana as he Veep is attending a event with top Louisianqa Republican officials. Along with the welcome, however, is a wishlist of requests including an item of recent vinctage involving the current Trump budget which tears a hole into the funding for the Louisiana coastal restoration. 

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bilderbergIt is always an honor when a movie premiere is held in New Orleans and tonight is no exception. At 7:30 p.m. Bilderberg, the Movie will premiere at the historic Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Street.

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Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


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