“ON THE TABLE”: Business & industry feeling like special session’s main course

“ON THE TABLE” _____________________________________________________________ Business & industry feeling like special session’s main course _____________________________________________________________ State sales tax structure remains on the menu, and the two most palatable options are a sizable renewal of some part of the expiring penny or a raid on business taxes _____________________________________________________________ Meanwhile, opinion-makers lean hard on the Legislature _____________________________________________________________ “They […]

Alario Critiques House, Hearts JBE

Senate President John Alario opened up to Fox 8 News about his feelings on the House, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the state sales tax structure. As is usually the case, what Alario said is of some value to those following the inner workings of the Capitol. Here’s some of what he unloaded, per reporter […]

Field Notes!

— ONE LESS VOTE IN THE HOUSE: Rep. Gene Reynolds is now former Rep. Gene Reynolds, and he’s been on the job as the new state parks director for a few days. That also means you’ll be tracking one less vote in the House during the approaching special session. (Can you count to 104?) — […]

PRE-SINE DIE Q&A WITH SEN. BRET ALLAIN

LaPolitics: That final Finance vote in HB 1 was such a break from the session rhythm. Quick, unemotional and transactional. Was that intentional, did committee members discuss and endeavor that approach? Sen. Bret Allain: You mean when I ran the meeting? LaPolitics: The Finance meeting. Allain: Yeah. That’s just how I roll. There were no […]

“Members, It Is 12 a.m.”

It’s called a photo finish for a reason, not that the House, Senate and Edwards Administration would need photographic evidence to help sort through the overnight results. The year’s second special session came to a screeching halt in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, with the Capitol’s players and the state’s policy needs scattering under […]

Louisiana Among 16 Budget-Less States

Louisiana is among 16 states that have not passed budgets yet, out of the 46 that begin fiscal years on July 1, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Louisiana is also one of the only three states in the nation (so far) that has needed to extend its budget-making session or call […]

IT’S PERSONAL

This story was originally published in LaPOLITICS Weekly on May 4, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community by subscribing today! Civility is joining goodwill on the Capitol’s list of endangered sentiments. Could the trend ultimately derail the upcoming special session — and this term? In enough incidents from […]

THIS COULD BE YOU

You could say legislators in Illinois really dropped the ball when they failed to pass an operating budget for their state prior to the 2016 fiscal year. Editorial writers from the Land of Lincoln, meanwhile, said a whole lot more, even citing political malpractice in Springfield, when inaction again gripped the Illinois General Assembly not […]

POD: Politics & Drilling, According To Briggs

In this episode of The LaPolitics Report, we talk to Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Gifford Briggs, who recently succeeded his father, Don Briggs, to oversee one of the most prominent organizations in the state. Briggs talks about his support for another constitutional convention, the role of his association’s PACs in local elections and […]

IT’S PERSONAL

Civility is joining goodwill on the Capitol’s list of endangered sentiments. Could the trend ultimately derail the upcoming special session — and this term? In enough incidents from this calendar year to amount to a troubling trend, members of the Louisiana Legislature and politicos aligned with the Edwards Administration have either found themselves being attacked […]