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The Advocate
Behind the failed promises of development incentivesLouisiana Economic Development has long been the favorite son among state gover
Behind the failed promises of development incentives
The Advocate / Posted 18 hours ago
Louisiana Economic Development has long been the favorite son among state government agencies. For at least the past decade, legislators have patted LED secretaries on the head, praised them and opened their wallets wide. But that may be... Read more
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The Hill
In House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitablehis 16 GOP rivals. In recent weeks, however, there’s been a noticeable thaw. R
In House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable
The Hill / Posted yesterday
his 16 GOP rivals. In recent weeks, however, there’s been a noticeable thaw. Ryan and Trump huddled at Republican National Committee headquarters earlier this month — their first formal sit-down — and they spoke again by phone this week in what... Read more
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The Advocate
Can John Kennedy donate leftover $2.85M in campaign funds to Super PAC? National experts weigh inJohn N. Kennedy has statewide name recognition, but another big reason why he’s
Can John Kennedy donate leftover $2.85M in campaign funds to Super PAC? National experts weigh in
The Advocate / Posted yesterday
John N. Kennedy has statewide name recognition, but another big reason why he’s considered a leading candidate for the U.S. Senate is because he sits on nearly $3 million in campaign contributions. But some of Kennedy’s GOP opponents question... Read more
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The Advocate
Transportation Funding Task Force still searching for highway solutionsTrimming the use of highway dollars that go to State Police is one of several i
Transportation Funding Task Force still searching for highway solutions
The Advocate / Posted yesterday
Trimming the use of highway dollars that go to State Police is one of several ideas worth pursuing to help tackle Louisiana’s road and bridge problems, the president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry said Wednesday. “The board... Read more
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The Advocate
Gov. John Bel Edwards issues call for second special session, 'bold decisions' to close budget gapLouisiana legislators will get a 30-minute break when the regular session ends
Gov. John Bel Edwards issues call for second special session, 'bold decisions' to close budget gap
The Advocate / Posted yesterday
Louisiana legislators will get a 30-minute break when the regular session ends June 6 and then have 18 days to sort out a final version of the budget that begins July 1. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday ordered the state Legislature to begin a second... Read more
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The Advocate
Gov. John Bel Edwards issues call for second special session to close budget gapLouisiana legislators will get a 30-minute break when the regular session ends
Gov. John Bel Edwards issues call for second special session to close budget gap
The Advocate / Posted yesterday
Louisiana legislators will get a 30-minute break when the regular session ends June 6 and then have 18 days to sort out a final version of the budget that begins July 1. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday ordered the state Legislature to begin a second... Read more
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KPLC Lake Charles
Tearful testimony at the La. Capitol as families plead for health waiversTestimony was at times tearful at the Louisiana State Capitol Friday, as the pa
Tearful testimony at the La. Capitol as families plead for health waivers
KPLC Lake Charles / Posted yesterday
Testimony was at times tearful at the Louisiana State Capitol Friday, as the parents of children with disabilities pleaded with lawmakers to continue funding a state program that provides healthcare services. "All they want to do is live a normal... Read more
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WAFB Baton Rouge
Tearful testimony at the La. Capitol as families plead for health waiversTestimony was at times tearful at the Louisiana State Capitol Friday, as the pa
Tearful testimony at the La. Capitol as families plead for health waivers
WAFB Baton Rouge / Posted yesterday
Testimony was at times tearful at the Louisiana State Capitol Friday, as the parents of children with disabilities pleaded with lawmakers to continue funding a state program that provides healthcare services. "All they want to do is live a normal... Read more
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KSLA-TV Shreveport
Tearful testimony at the La. Capitol as families plead for health waiversTestimony was at times tearful at the Louisiana State Capitol Friday, as the pa
Tearful testimony at the La. Capitol as families plead for health waivers
KSLA-TV Shreveport / Posted yesterday
Testimony was at times tearful at the Louisiana State Capitol Friday, as the parents of children with disabilities pleaded with lawmakers to continue funding a state program that provides healthcare services. "All they want to do is live a normal... Read more
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KING5 Seattle
Corrections & Clarificationscontent officer of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. Opinion: An editorial Ju
Corrections & Clarifications
KING5 Seattle / Posted yesterday
content officer of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. Opinion: An editorial July 2 misstated the party that controlled the Senate in 2013. It was the Democrats. News: A previous version of the following story incorrectly identified the Greek... Read more
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KENS 5 San Antonio
Corrections & Clarificationscontent officer of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. Opinion: An editorial Ju
Corrections & Clarifications
KENS 5 San Antonio / Posted yesterday
content officer of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. Opinion: An editorial July 2 misstated the party that controlled the Senate in 2013. It was the Democrats. News: A previous version of the following story incorrectly identified the Greek... Read more
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The Advocate
Gov. John Bel Edwards issues call for second special session to close budget gapLouisiana legislators will get a 30 minute break when the regular session ends
Gov. John Bel Edwards issues call for second special session to close budget gap
The Advocate / Posted yesterday
Louisiana legislators will get a 30 minute break when the regular session ends June 6 and then have 18 days to sort out a final version of the budget that begins July 1. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday ordered the state Legislature to begin a second... Read more
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WGRZ-TV Buffalo
Corrections & Clarificationscontent officer of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. Opinion: An editorial Ju
Corrections & Clarifications
WGRZ-TV Buffalo / Posted yesterday
content officer of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. Opinion: An editorial July 2 misstated the party that controlled the Senate in 2013. It was the Democrats. News: A previous version of the following story incorrectly identified the Greek... Read more
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WXIA-TV Atlanta
Corrections & Clarificationscontent officer of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. Opinion: An editorial Ju
Corrections & Clarifications
WXIA-TV Atlanta / Posted yesterday
content officer of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. Opinion: An editorial July 2 misstated the party that controlled the Senate in 2013. It was the Democrats. News: A previous version of the following story incorrectly identified the Greek... Read more
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The Advocate
Key provision of House budget 'unworkable, unconstitutional, ill advised,' Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration saysGov. John Bel Edwards’ administration wants Senate budget leaders to scrap the
Key provision of House budget 'unworkable, unconstitutional, ill advised,' Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says
The Advocate / Posted 2 days ago
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration wants Senate budget leaders to scrap the state budget proposal the House spent weeks working on and start over on the budget that takes effect July 1. “We have a wholly unacceptable budget,” Commissioner of... Read more
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The Atlantic
The $300 Million Fund No One WantsHe gave directly to O’Malley. King also donates regularly to Bernie Sanders, Hi
The $300 Million Fund No One Wants
The Atlantic / Posted 2 days ago
He gave directly to O’Malley. King also donates regularly to Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee. Because O’Malley decided to pursue public funding, the support of voters like King helped him demonstrate to the... Read more
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The Advocate
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration asks senators to reject House version of state budget entirelyGov. John Bel Edwards’ administration wants Senate budget leaders to scrap the
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration asks senators to reject House version of state budget entirely
The Advocate / Posted 2 days ago
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration wants Senate budget leaders to scrap the state budget proposal the House spent weeks working on and start over on the budget that takes effect July 1. “We have a wholly unacceptable budget,” Commissioner of... Read more
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WAFB Baton Rouge
TOPS scholarships now 66% underfunded, according to La. commissionertry and generate some additional dollars and to do that in a responsible way th
TOPS scholarships now 66% underfunded, according to La. commissioner
WAFB Baton Rouge / Posted 2 days ago
try and generate some additional dollars and to do that in a responsible way that provides funding to TOPS for students in Louisiana but also takes care of our responsibilities in healthcare." Moving the money out of TOPS would mean the program... Read more
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KPLC Lake Charles
TOPS scholarships now 66% underfunded, according to La. commissionertry and generate some additional dollars and to do that in a responsible way th
TOPS scholarships now 66% underfunded, according to La. commissioner
KPLC Lake Charles / Posted 2 days ago
try and generate some additional dollars and to do that in a responsible way that provides funding to TOPS for students in Louisiana but also takes care of our responsibilities in healthcare." Moving the money out of TOPS would mean the program... Read more
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KSLA-TV Shreveport
TOPS scholarships now 66% underfunded, according to La. commissionertry and generate some additional dollars and to do that in a responsible way th
TOPS scholarships now 66% underfunded, according to La. commissioner
KSLA-TV Shreveport / Posted 2 days ago
try and generate some additional dollars and to do that in a responsible way that provides funding to TOPS for students in Louisiana but also takes care of our responsibilities in healthcare." Moving the money out of TOPS would mean the program... Read more
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FOX 8 New Orleans
TOPS scholarships now 66% underfunded, according to La. commissionertry and generate some additional dollars and to do that in a responsible way th
TOPS scholarships now 66% underfunded, according to La. commissioner
FOX 8 New Orleans / Posted 2 days ago
try and generate some additional dollars and to do that in a responsible way that provides funding to TOPS for students in Louisiana but also takes care of our responsibilities in healthcare." Moving the money out of TOPS would mean the program... Read more
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The Advocate
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration asks senators to reject House version of state budget entirelyGov. John Bel Edwards’ administration wants Senate budget leaders to scrap the
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration asks senators to reject House version of state budget entirely
The Advocate / Posted 2 days ago
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration wants Senate budget leaders to scrap the state budget proposal the House spent weeks working on and start over on the budget that takes effect July 1. “We have a wholly unacceptable budget,” Commissioner of... Read more
16 related stories
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The Advocate
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration asks senators to reject House version of state budget entirelyGov. John Bel Edwards’ administration wants Senate budget leaders to scrap the
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration asks senators to reject House version of state budget entirely
The Advocate / Posted 2 days ago
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration wants Senate budget leaders to scrap the state budget proposal that the House spent weeks working on and start over on the budget that takes effect July 1. “We have a wholly unacceptable budget,” Commissioner of... Read more
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The Advocate
Edwards administration asks senators to reject House version of state budget entirelyFollow along for live updates from the Senate budget hearing: Gov. John Bel Ed
Edwards administration asks senators to reject House version of state budget entirely
The Advocate / Posted 3 days ago
Follow along for live updates from the Senate budget hearing: Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is asking Senate budget leaders to scrap the budget that recently passed the state House and start over in crafting a spending plan for the budget... Read more
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The Houma Courier
Local lawmakers support change to TOPS scholarship programThe vote on Senate Bill 470 by Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, was the la
Local lawmakers support change to TOPS scholarship program
The Houma Courier / Posted 3 days ago
The vote on Senate Bill 470 by Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, was the latest step in a back-and-forth debate over how to pay for the growing scholarship program for Louisiana graduates as the state stares down a $600 million budget deficit for... Read more
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The Daily Comet
Local lawmakers support change to TOPS scholarship programThe vote on Senate Bill 470 by Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, was the la
Local lawmakers support change to TOPS scholarship program
The Daily Comet / Posted 3 days ago
The vote on Senate Bill 470 by Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, was the latest step in a back-and-forth debate over how to pay for the growing scholarship program for Louisiana graduates as the state stares down a $600 million budget deficit for... Read more
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Best of New Orleans Gambit
A public defense crisis in Louisiana: 33 of 42 public defenders' offices restricting client services due to funding shortfallsEarly last year, Louisiana prosecutors accused and a grand jury indicted local
A public defense crisis in Louisiana: 33 of 42 public defenders' offices restricting client services due to funding shortfalls
Best of New Orleans Gambit / Posted 3 days ago
Early last year, Louisiana prosecutors accused and a grand jury indicted local resident Darrian Franklin of second-degree murder after 35-year-old Trenton Gary was shot five times and left to die on the side of Behrman Highway. In the coming months,... Read more
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KPLC Lake Charles
La. governor faces hurdles in advancing legislative agenda with 2 weeks left in sessionof the campaign and part of the actual opening of the session," said Barry Erwi
La. governor faces hurdles in advancing legislative agenda with 2 weeks left in session
KPLC Lake Charles / Posted 5 days ago
of the campaign and part of the actual opening of the session," said Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana. That includes SB 269, a bill that would raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $8.50 by the... Read more
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KSLA-TV Shreveport
La. governor faces hurdles in advancing legislative agenda with 2 weeks left in sessionof the campaign and part of the actual opening of the session," said Barry Erwi
La. governor faces hurdles in advancing legislative agenda with 2 weeks left in session
KSLA-TV Shreveport / Posted 5 days ago
of the campaign and part of the actual opening of the session," said Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana. That includes SB 269, a bill that would raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $8.50 by the... Read more
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The Daily Comet
Here's Edwards' likely game plan if he calls a special sessionstate prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy
Here's Edwards' likely game plan if he calls a special session
The Daily Comet / Posted 6 days ago
state prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy LeBlanc, the department secretary, told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. The state's community and technical colleges will have to plan for the fall semester... Read more
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The Houma Courier
Here's Edwards' likely game plan if he calls a special sessionstate prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy
Here's Edwards' likely game plan if he calls a special session
The Houma Courier / Posted 6 days ago
state prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy LeBlanc, the department secretary, told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. The state's community and technical colleges will have to plan for the fall semester... Read more
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The Advocate
If Gov. John Bel Edwards calls another special session, here's his gameplan and how it could affect taxpayersstate prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy
If Gov. John Bel Edwards calls another special session, here's his gameplan and how it could affect taxpayers
The Advocate / Posted 6 days ago
state prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy LeBlanc, the department secretary, told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. The state’s community and technical colleges will have to plan for the fall semester... Read more
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The Advocate
If Gov. John Bel Edwards calls another special session, here's his gameplan and how it could affect taxpayersstate prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy
If Gov. John Bel Edwards calls another special session, here's his gameplan and how it could affect taxpayers
The Advocate / Posted 7 days ago
state prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy LeBlanc, the department secretary, told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. The state’s community and technical colleges will have to plan for the fall semester... Read more
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The Advocate
Louisiana Spotlight: From equal pay to minimum wage, Gov. Edwards’ agenda takes a beating in LegislatureIt would be kind to say Gov. John Bel Edwards’ legislative agenda is struggling
Louisiana Spotlight: From equal pay to minimum wage, Gov. Edwards’ agenda takes a beating in Legislature
The Advocate / Posted 7 days ago
It would be kind to say Gov. John Bel Edwards’ legislative agenda is struggling in the Louisiana Legislature. It might be more direct to say much of that agenda is in tatters. The governor’s equal pay bill has been killed, his minimum wage proposal... Read more
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The Advocate
State renegotiating public-private hospital contractsLouisiana leaders are in the process of renegotiating contracts with the privat
State renegotiating public-private hospital contracts
The Advocate / Posted 7 days ago
Louisiana leaders are in the process of renegotiating contracts with the private partners that have taken over the state’s safety net health care services for the poor. Gov. John Bel Edwards and members of his administration say the process is... Read more
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The Advocate
Service cuts versus revenue raising influences special session plansstate prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy
Service cuts versus revenue raising influences special session plans
The Advocate / Posted 7 days ago
state prisons would put the number of inmates there at dangerous levels, Jimmy LeBlanc, the department secretary, told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. The state’s community and technical colleges will have to plan for the fall semester... Read more
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WAFB Baton Rouge
13,000 could lose TOPS scholarship under House budget planThe House budget plan for next year could cost 13,000 students their TOPS schol
13,000 could lose TOPS scholarship under House budget plan
WAFB Baton Rouge / Posted 8 days ago
The House budget plan for next year could cost 13,000 students their TOPS scholarships, according to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA). Sujuan Bouttee, the executive director of LOSFA, made that announcement Friday during... Read more
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The Houma Courier
College fees likely to increase to cover budget cutsHigher education system presidents testified before an education-friendly Senat
College fees likely to increase to cover budget cuts
The Houma Courier / Posted 8 days ago
Higher education system presidents testified before an education-friendly Senate Finance Committee Friday, highlighting the statewide contributions of each university and chastising the eight-year trend of divesting in state universities and... Read more
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The Daily Comet
College fees likely to increase to cover budget cutsHigher education system presidents testified before an education-friendly Senat
College fees likely to increase to cover budget cuts
The Daily Comet / Posted 9 days ago
Higher education system presidents testified before an education-friendly Senate Finance Committee Friday, highlighting the statewide contributions of each university and chastising the eight-year trend of divesting in state universities and... Read more
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Roll Call
Trump, RNC Strike Deals on Fundraisingon how Donald Trump's presidential campaign plans to collaborate on fundraising
Trump, RNC Strike Deals on Fundraising
Roll Call / Posted 10 days ago
on how Donald Trump's presidential campaign plans to collaborate on fundraising with national and state Republican Party committees are emerging. But the arrangement may leave some battleground states out of the loop. The presumptive GOP... Read more
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The Advocate
Another special session necessary? Some Louisiana Republican lawmakers skepticallegislators say they remain skeptical of the need for an immediate second speci
Another special session necessary? Some Louisiana Republican lawmakers skeptical
The Advocate / Posted 12 days ago
legislators say they remain skeptical of the need for an immediate second special session to shore up the state’s finances. The Louisiana Senate is now working its way through the state’s proposed $26 billion spending plan for the... Read more
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The Advocate
GOP lawmakers are skeptical of the need for a second special sessionlegislators say they remain skeptical of the need for an immediate second speci
GOP lawmakers are skeptical of the need for a second special session
The Advocate / Posted 12 days ago
legislators say they remain skeptical of the need for an immediate second special session to shore up the state’s finances. The Louisiana Senate is now working its way through the state’s proposed $26 billion spending plan for the... Read more
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The Advocate
Louisiana senators voice concerns over House budget plan, including possible ‘fund sweep’ for TOPS moneySenate leaders and members of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration are voicing
Louisiana senators voice concerns over House budget plan, including possible ‘fund sweep’ for TOPS money
The Advocate / Posted 13 days ago
Senate leaders and members of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration are voicing concerns about the state budget proposal that the House passed last week, as the upper chamber begins to tackle the state’s finances for the coming year. “The budget is... Read more
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The Houma Courier
On our radar: 5 local stories we're watching this weekand under a new law he may be eligible for parole. 2. Learn about LOOP Tom Sh
On our radar: 5 local stories we're watching this week
The Houma Courier / Posted 13 days ago
and under a new law he may be eligible for parole. 2. Learn about LOOP Tom Shaw, president of the Galliano-based Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, will be the guest speaker Tuesday at the South Central Industrial Association's general... Read more
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The Daily Comet
On our radar: 5 local stories we're watching this weekand under a new law he may be eligible for parole. 2. Learn about LOOP Tom Sh
On our radar: 5 local stories we're watching this week
The Daily Comet / Posted 13 days ago
and under a new law he may be eligible for parole. 2. Learn about LOOP Tom Shaw, president of the Galliano-based Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, will be the guest speaker Tuesday at the South Central Industrial Association's general... Read more
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The Advocate
Senators begin hashing out own version of state budget, voice concerns over House planSenate leaders and members of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration are voicing
Senators begin hashing out own version of state budget, voice concerns over House plan
The Advocate / Posted 13 days ago
Senate leaders and members of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration are voicing concerns about the state budget proposal that the House passed last week, as the upper chamber begins to tackle the state’s finances for the coming year. “The budget is... Read more
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FOX 8 New Orleans
Senators hear about health care cuts proposed for next yearto take a combined $50 million cut next year that could shutter programs and da
Senators hear about health care cuts proposed for next year
FOX 8 New Orleans / Posted 13 days ago
to take a combined $50 million cut next year that could shutter programs and damage training programs. Plus, they told the Senate Finance Committee on Sunday they face further hits if the safety net hospitals and clinics where they train students... Read more
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The Houma Courier
Amid budget crunch, La. lawmakers target tax breaksSenate President John Alario (left) and Revenue Estimating Conference Chairman
Amid budget crunch, La. lawmakers target tax breaks
The Houma Courier / Posted 14 days ago
Senate President John Alario (left) and Revenue Estimating Conference Chairman James Richardson discuss revenue projections Thursday at the state...HoumaToday.comMay 15, 2016 12:09 AM

BATON ROUGE -- As legislators deal with a $600 million... Read more

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The Daily Comet
Amid budget crunch, La. lawmakers target tax breaksSenate President John Alario (left) and Revenue Estimating Conference Chairman
Amid budget crunch, La. lawmakers target tax breaks
The Daily Comet / Posted 14 days ago
Senate President John Alario (left) and Revenue Estimating Conference Chairman James Richardson discuss revenue projections Thursday at the state...DailyComet.comMay 15, 2016 12:09 AM

BATON ROUGE -- As legislators deal with a $600 million... Read more

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The Houma Courier
In case you missed it: Last week's top 5 local storiesCenter in Houma, at the expense of the TOPS free college tuition program. The
In case you missed it: Last week's top 5 local stories
The Houma Courier / Posted 15 days ago
Center in Houma, at the expense of the TOPS free college tuition program. The 82-17 vote sends the spending plan to the Senate, where lawmakers are expected to tinker with the bill amid political wrangling over how to spread $600 million in... Read more
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