Roger Villere's run as state party GOP chairman ends after 14 years
Posted on 2/23/2018 11:36:00 AM.
Louisiana Republican Party Roger Chairman Villere will relinquish his role on Saturday after serving for 14-years. It’s believed he’s the longest serving chairman to lead a state Republican Party in the country. Villere says during that time, the political demographics have certainly changed, making the GOP the dominant party for statewide offices.
 
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Special session gridlock shows signs of ending, bills to be heard Sunday
Posted on 2/23/2018 11:31:00 AM.

After five days of stalled negotiations, lawmakers are optimistic that legislation will begin moving forward when legislators convene Sunday afternoon. Lake Charles Republican Representative Steven Dwight’s bill to extend a portion of the expiring one penny sales tax will be heard, and he says he’s optimistic about its chances.
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Tax bill failure puts fiscal cliff deal in doubt
Posted on 2/21/2018 9:25:00 PM.

The special session ground to a halt Wednesday after a vote on a tax reform bill that would have kept a quarter of the one penny sales tax intact, and remove some of the special sales tax exemptions for specific industries was postponed indefinitely. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says it was the bill with the most momentum, and its failure could tank the entire session.
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Special session kicks off today
Posted on 2/19/2018 3:01:00 AM.

The special session kicks off today to address a one-billion dollar shortfall. Legislators have until March 7th to find a fix to the looming fiscal cliff or else cuts will occur in the areas of higher education and health care. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says the governor has talked privately with House Speaker Taylor Barras on solutions, but...
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Lawmakers return to Baton Rouge to address budget woes
Posted on 2/18/2018 4:57:00 PM.
Governor Edwards and state lawmakers return to Baton Rouge Monday for a special session to find a solution to the looming fiscal cliff that threatens to gut popular programs like TOPS. The governor is seeking tax reform, and Republicans want spending reductions.
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Lenten seafood harvests looking great
Posted on 2/14/2018 12:52:00 PM.

Catholics worldwide are cutting back on eating meat for the season of Lent, in most places, that’s a sacrifice, but for spoiled bayou Catholics, it’s not too tough. Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board member Chalin Delaune says this year’s Lenten harvest is looking great, but the cold weather could keep crawfish prices high.
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Louisiana ranked 49th in Gallup ShareCare well being survey
Posted on 2/14/2018 3:41:00 AM.

A survey ranks Louisiana 49th in well-being.  The Bayou State only finished ahead of West Virginia in the Gallup-ShareCare Well-Being Index.  Researcher Dan Witters says the survey found many in Louisiana are not proud of where they live or believe they're living in a perfect place.More

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Louisiana business owners enthusiastic about money from federal tax cut
Posted on 2/13/2018 8:15:00 PM.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses says the Small Business Optimism Index set a record in January, with small business owners saying now is a good time to expand. State NFIB Director Dawn Starns says owners are enthusiastic about investing the extra money they have on hand from federal tax reform.
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Governor Edwards and Trans Sec Wilson in DC to talk infrastructure
Posted on 2/12/2018 3:05:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards and State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson are in Washington to discuss infrastructure plans with the Trump Administration. Reports indicate the President could soon unveil a massive new infrastructure spending plan. Wilson says today’s roundtable discussion is a great opportunity to bring attention to the state’s aging infrastructure
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Governor faces pressure to call for special budget session to tackle fiscal cliff
Posted on 2/9/2018 4:30:00 AM.

Today is the deadline for Governor John Bel Edwards to call a February special session to address the looming one billion dollar budget hole resulting in the expiration of sales taxes.  The governor said he would not call the session without an agreement in principle on a fiscal cliff deal, but LAPoltics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says the governor is being pushed to call the session.More

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