Budget

Budget cuts big and small hit agencies

Budget reductions large and small hit a number of state agencies during the 10-day Extraordinary Session of the 2017 Legislature as lawmakers eventually erasing a $304 million mid-year budget deficit.
Some entities “contributed” millions to the cause, mostly accompanied by the grinding of clenched teeth. And, proving it’s hard to leave any coin unturned, there was the $293 budget reduction to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Fund in the Department of Transportation and Development.
At $293, why bother?

House panel rejects governor's budget bill

A bill containing Gov. John Bel Edward’s budgetary proposals failed, 7-15, to make it out of the House Appropriations Committee Thursday, leaving only two rival bills, both Republican blessed, to receive the chamber’s full attention.
House Bill 3, by Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, and House Bill 8, a more stringent version of HB3, whose primary sponsors are Reps. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, and Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, are up for full House debate on Friday.

Jim Brown

An amendment could solve budget woes

We hear from the national news that the country has become polarized over the election of Donald Trump. But if you want to see real division in government, just take a gander down South to the Bayou State. Republicans have been trying to pull the political rug out from Gov. John Bel Edwards at every turn from day one. And efforts to undermine the new governor do not show any sign of slowing down soon.

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