Possible (Maybe) Deal Coming Together 

This was originally sent to paying subscribers of LaPolitics Weekly on Friday, March 4, at 7:20 p.m. Wish you would have seen it then? Subscribe now! Yet again, it’s all about the penny The House leadership, including House Speaker Taylor Barras, is continuing to develop a plan at this hour that could potentially address the […]

Governor Says Vote Coming, Questions House Leadership


JBE askes for alcohol vote Friday afternoon… Blames House for lack of progress… LABI offers up sales tax suggestion…  In a press conference with reporters Friday Gov. John Bel Edwards said he has asked the House to vote on legislation this afternoon to increases the alcohol tax. He also placed some of the blame for […]

Amendment Directs Money To Group With Ties To Lawmaker’s Family


The House on Friday approved an amendment by Rep. Marcus Hunter that would send proceeds from an automobile rental tax to a Monroe nonprofit with connections to Hunter’s father, former Rep. Willie Hunter Jr. The amendment was attached without objection to House Bill 39 by Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, which would renew a state tax on automobile rentals. The bill was […]

DEVELOPING: Deal coming together on penny

2:37 p.m.  The House of Representatives voted 76-27 Thursday to approve a one-cent increase to the state’s 4-cent sales tax. It is the linchpin in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ special session plan and now moves to the Senate for further consideration. The administration’s decision not to fight Republicans on an 18-month expiration date and an […]

The Fight To Boost The Penny

(The following story was originally sent to LaPolitics Weekly subscribers at 7:46 a.m. Since then, Rep. Stokes did not appear at the fiscal note review committee and it was adjourned. Wish you would have learned about this developing story hours ago? Subscribe now!) In a late-developing twist to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to add one penny […]

Pro-JBE Group Targeting Lawmakers

Edwards Connects with Landrieu

With 14 days remaining in the special session, a new 501(c)4 called Rebuild Louisiana is gearing up to help Gov. John Bel Edwards push his agenda through the House and Senate. The launch of a related website on Tuesday coincides with the Ways and Means Committee advancing the governor’s centerpiece proposal to the full House — a […]

Norquist Sends Letter To Lawmakers

February 23, 2016 To: Members of the Louisiana Legislature From: Americans for Tax Reform Re: Governor John Bel Edwards’ Tax Proposals Dear Members of the Louisiana Legislature, On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform and our supporters across Louisiana, I write today to urge you to reject Gov. Edwards’ proposal to impose a host of […]

Bittersweet Deal Coming Together In House

Dem Chair: Stop Vote Switching

A growing divide between freshmen and more senior representatives. Republicans and Democrats ticking votes. Demands and counter demands. Dueling pennies. Permanent and temporary. It’s all getting to be a bit much. But the give and take over Gov. John Bel Edward’s proposal to add one-penny to the state’s 4-cent sales tax will come to a […]

Governor, Lawmakers Negotiating Sales Tax Plan

Edwards Needs D.C. In Year One

Gov. John Bel Edwards met with Republican leaders from the House Friday afternoon in an attempt to craft a compromise on his proposal to add one penny to the state’s 4-cent sales tax. It’s the centerpiece of the governor’s plan to address a set of historic budget shortfalls and its success could determine the path the rest […]

DEVELOPING: LCA Appeals Sales Tax Ruling

ALFORD: A Wild Night For The Louisiana Legislature

The Louisiana Chemical Association has filed an appeal to state District Judge Michael Caldwell’s ruling that the Legislature did indeed have the required votes last year to leverage more than $100 million in new taxes against business and industry. HCR 8 by Rep. Jack Montoucet created a temporary suspension of 1 cent on the 4-cent sales […]