Legislature

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?

Legislators tap $99M from Rainy Day as part of buget patch

Louisiana lawmakers finished their work filling a $304 million mid-year budget gap Wednesday, with the Legislature coming to a compromise following a week of public fights and private negotiations between Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican legislators.
The 10-day special session ended with neither Edwards, who wanted to use $119 million from the rainy day fund, nor House Republicans, who wanted to use far less, getting all of what they wanted.

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.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne appears before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday to push the administration’s proposal to utilize $119 million of the state’s budget stabilization fund, nicknamed the Rainy Day Fund, to ease potential budget cuts needed to erase the state’s current deficit. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

Clock running on special session

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday moved forward with a resolution, primarily for the benefit of their wavering House colleagues, that would employ $119 million of the Rainy Day Fund as part of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ budget proposal to close a $304 revenue shortfall.
House Republicans have expressed reluctance to do that, seeking instead additional budget cutbacks.

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