Gov. John Bel Edwards

State Sen. Bret Allain

GOP Senate leader says more budget woes are ahead

State Sen. Bret Allain, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, sees more budget problems ahead. And he hopes Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards will continue working with the Legislature to solve Louisiana’s budget problems.
“I hope Edwards comes to the Legislature before he presents his budget proposal and works with us so that he makes cuts in areas that hurt the people the least,” Allain, R-Franklin, said Monday at the St. Mary Industrial Group meeting at the Petroleum Club.

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Governor to turn listening tour into launching pad

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ business roundtable meetings are continuing across the state and he has about three remaining on his schedule.
But to what end? What will come of this process?
For more than a month the governor has been gathering with CEOs and company representatives to hear what they have to say about next year’s “fiscal cliff,” as Edwards calls it. It’s a budget shortfall expected to eclipse $1 billion.

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Governor directs donation drive for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Gov. John Bel Edwards has directed the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) to lead a statewide donation drive to help Hurricane Maria survivors in Puerto Rico.
Maria’s hurricane force winds whipped through the island and knocked out most forms of communication, while heavy rain caused severe flooding and has put a major dam at risk of failure. Thousands have been left without power or access to basic survival provisions like food, water and medication.

Jeremy Alford

Governor discusses ‘fiscal cliff’

Republican Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling it Louisiana’s “fiscal cliff,” and it’ll be the prime topic of conversations this week when he meets with Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras.
The so-called cliff represents a dramatic drop, scheduled for next year, when temporary taxes collide with sluggish tax revenue for an anticipated $1.5 billion shortfall.

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.

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