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 […]

BUDGET 2019: Finance Holds The Key

Republicans in the House are still pushing to have their cuts-heavy budget bill heard by the Finance Committee and approved by the Senate. While leery, and accepting of the fact that hearings may need to be restarted in a special session, leaders in the upper chamber are trying in earnest to forge a seemingly impossible […]

NOT-SO-SPECIAL: Has Anything Changed?

The year’s second special session is expected to convene sometime between now and — Who knows? — June 5 or so, maybe earlier. Pretty much the same body of elected officials will gather in the exact same building to presumably debate issues that have already been explored over the past 28 months. Has anything changed […]

STRIKE?: Teacher Pay Raise Issue Getting Itchy

LaPolitics subscribers learned last week that the Louisiana Federation of Teachers has been actively polling educators about how to best address funding issues like pay, and that a statewide strike was among the options. The Louisiana Association of Educators, for its part, is also throwing strong words — via its Capitol Connection newsletter — at […]

Legislative Watchlist – May 3

— SD13/ERDEY/OPEN: Rep. Sherman Mack, who still has another term in the House, could make a run for this seat. But Mack is also interested in the district attorney post in the 21st JDC, which isn’t up for grabs until 2020. Rep. Rogers Pope is also said to be forming a campaign for the Senate. […]

Field Notes – May 3

— The House passed a resolution Thursday honoring journalist Jim Beam of The Lake Charles American Press for five decades of covering the Louisiana Legislature. He’s also a member of the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame. — On Thursday Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Legislative Black Caucus and the New Orleans Legislative Delegation […]