Going into the just-completed special session there were a lot of questions about what the outcome would be. First, a number of lawmakers didn’t even want to have the session. What kind of obstacles would they put up? Many, particularly in the House, wanted to make cuts without using the state’s Rainy Day Fund – […]
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With the session basically halfway over, it’s difficult to tell what the outcome will be, but some things are certainly becoming more clear. One is the fact that no matter how much people want to continue to cut state government, it’s hard for them to find the places where most even generally agree that they […]
Yet another special session of the Legislature starts Monday. Unlike last year’s two sessions, this one won’t be about raising new revenues, but making more cuts to balance the current year’s budget. Predictably, there are differences of opinion between various factions within the Legislature and the governor about just how to do that. And while […]
Governor John Bel Edwards recently made the provocative statement to the The Advocate editorial board that if the state doesn’t return to full funding of the TOPS scholarship program within a year or two the program and public expectations about it will be permanently altered. He’s probably right. In 2016 the previously unthinkable happened. For […]