Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards

$29 billion state budget OK’d

The Louisiana Legislature sent six bills, including the state operating budget, to Gov. John Bel Edwards Friday, and then promptly folded its tent, ending the special session with three days to spare.
The Senate earlier in the day passed, 26-9, House Bill 1, which appropriates all forecasted revenue to meet nearly $29 billion in budgeted state expenditures but instructs agencies to refrain from spending a combined $60 million as a precaution against a midyear revenue shortfall. The House had adopted it Wednesday, 56-46.

From left, House speaker Taylor Barras, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Senate president John Alario, gather for prayer Wednesday in the wake of U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana being shot in a Virginia park. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

Governor, legislators gather to pray in wake of shooting that wounded Rep. Scalise

After news broke that U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot in the hip early Wednesday morning while practicing in a Virginia park for a charity baseball game later this week, the Louisiana Legislature and governor began their day gathered in prayer in the Capitol Rotunda.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, Sen. President John Alario, R-Westwego, and House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, led prayer for a Louisiana House members, who retired last night expecting to dedicate their day to a handful of fiscal bills.

GOP presents its budget

Louisiana Republicans advanced their vision for the state’s spending plan Monday, cutting more than $236 million from Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposed budget by targeting areas like health care, social services and a host of other agencies.
Hailed as a quasi “stand still” budget, the GOP-led House Appropriations Committee endorsed after six hours of testimony and debate House Bill 1, which amounts to spending 97.5 percent of the money the state has, on a 17 to 5 vote.

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