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State departments are spread thin with flooding
August 19 at 12:22 pm
In response to record levels of flooding across south Louisiana, state offices in 27 parishes were shut down on Monday and Tuesday as essential personnel turned their attention to ongoing search and rescue operations.

Senators urge speed on Medicaid contract
August 12 at 1:55 pm
Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills said he and his committee are pushing state officials to make a decision soon on how to move forward with Louisiana’s massive Medicaid processing contract.

Louisiana’s federal races slammed with candidates
July 29 at 10:10 am
On the Nov. 8 ballot in Louisiana there will be 63 different candidates running in seven federal races for the U.S House and Senate, meaning voters will have plenty of names to choose from — possibly more than any other time in recent history.

Super PAC bows out of U.S. Senate race
July 22 at 11:49 am
A far-reaching trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership pulls in 12 different countries and has earned the support of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Qualifying approaches for packed fall ballot
July 15 at 7:19 am
Candidates from all around Louisiana will begin qualifying for a smorgasbord of different elections that touch upon nearly every level of government, from local all the way up to federal.

Governor transitioning away from run of sessions
July 08 at 11:32 am
With three lawmaking sessions of the Legislature behind him, you can expect Gov. John Bel Edwards to start focusing on policies and politics of his own, beginning with the state’s Medicaid expansion.

From PSC comes political moves, possible match-ups
July 01 at 8:55 am
While the Public Service Commission very rarely creates the kind of election drama seen in statewide and legislative races, a few personalities are pointing for other offices and contested seats may soon be on a ballot heading your way.

Incentive money also flows back to LED
June 24 at 9:38 am
Over the past 24 months Louisiana Economic Development has seen 15 companies have to pay back $8.3 million in reimbursements to the state for up-front business incentives they were provided to relocate to or expand here.

Outside influence adds to special session pressure
June 17 at 9:38 am
The governor isn’t the only one trying to influence the votes of lawmakers in the ongoing second special session that ends on June 23.

Senate President: Individual income changes will be ‘tough’
June 10 at 9:48 am
With a variety of issues on the agenda for second special session of the Louisiana Legislature, ranging from sales tax exemptions to corporate taxes, Senate President John Alario believes the most endangered part of the governor’s call may involve the personal taxes paid by citizens of the state.

Louisiana’s U.S. senators gearing up to aid Trump
June 03 at 9:19 am
Roughly four weeks after endorsing Donald Trump’s bid for president, Louisiana’s two U.S. senators are standing ready to help the presumptive GOP nominee.

New details emerging for second special session
May 27 at 10:38 am
Those working in concert with Gov. John Bel Edwards on the possibility of a second special session say two options are on the table, including a start time of the evening of June 6, just moments after the ongoing regular session adjourns at 6 p.m.

Attorney general’s budget faces hurdles
May 19 at 11:00 am
The Louisiana House took a possibly unprecedented stance last week when it approved a standalone appropriations bill, apart from the state budget, for the attorney general’s Justice Department.

Budget changes set stage for political brawl
May 12 at 9:00 am
In a dramatic shift away from the Edwards Administration’s priorities, the House Appropriations Committee advanced a state budget on Monday that gives the attorney general autonomous spending control, eliminates the office of inspector general, reverses cuts to a free college tuition program and reallocates funding reductions for safety-net hospitals.

Should online retailers track your Louisiana purchases?
May 06 at 10:37 am
The state House of Representatives will soon hear a bill that would require online retailers like Amazon to track purchases made by Louisiana residents and report to the state how much in sales taxes they owe.

Lawmakers taking deep dive on immigration issues
April 28 at 5:27 pm
Two bills that have been moved to the House floor in Louisiana could put pressure on law enforcement agencies in major metropolitan areas to cooperate with federal officials when policing undocumented immigrants.

Fallout over revised budget with less revenue begins
April 22 at 8:00 am
Hinting at a second special session that may start the day after the ongoing regular session ends, on June 7, Gov. John Bel Edwards made a personal appearance before the House Appropriations Committee last week to reveal his proposed budget changes to address $750 million in less revenue for next fiscal year.

Legislature to consider fantasy gaming wagers
April 15 at 8:00 am
Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, is already facing opposition to his HB 676 to legalize fantasy gaming — think football, basketball and baseball — before the bill has even had its first hearing.

Opposition surfaces for governor’s juvenile justice bills
April 08 at 12:03 pm
District attorneys are expected to oppose a move to include 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system, one of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ centerpiece proposals for this legislative session.

State tax giveaways on long-term legislative table
April 01 at 8:00 am
The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs committee has been reviewing dozens of tax credits, exemptions and rebates at its meetings during the ongoing regular session, but any legislation to change them may have to wait until the 2017 session or a possible second special session this year, whichever come first.

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Commission proposes to realign Hwy. 90 in Boutte
Commission proposes to realign Hwy. 90 in Boutte
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Despite it taking a year to determine the status of the proposed I-310 flyover ramp to address the area’s mounting backup traffic on U.S. Highway 90, the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC) is seeking approval for an alternative that could save years, cost and possibly lives.