Gov. John Bel Edwards

Jeremy Alford

Agenda for spring session taking shape

Gov. John Bel Edwards met with members of the legislative leadership last week and hinted that his administration is moving away from a big push on the individual income tax.
Instead, the Edwards Administration is getting behind a new taxable gross receipts approach in concert with an elimination of the corporate and franchise taxes.
That far-reaching change — replacing a corporate tax on profit with one that targets sales — is expected to be the centerpiece of the governor’s regular session plan when lawmakers convene on April 10.

Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, says he will ponsor legislation in the upcoming session of the Louisiana Legislature as part of the Justice Reinvestment Task Force’s overall reform package. (Photo by Katie Gagliano/Manship School News Service)

State criminal justice system reform proposed

The Justice Reinvestment Task Force has unanimously adopted recommendations to reform the state’s criminal justice system, advancing a program that proponents say could save taxpayers roughly $150 million and reduce the prison population by 13 percent within 10 years.
The recommendations, among others, called for adjusting penalties to lessen prison time for low-level offenders and investing nearly $154 million of criminal justice savings in re-entry programs to reduce recidivism rates.

Jeremy Alford

National PAC targeting Edwards

America Rising Squared and America Rising PAC have been reaching out to reporters in Louisiana on a regular basis since December to push alternative takes on stories involving Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Budget stories and the administration’s approach to revenue have been the focus so far.
The conservative group, which largely plays in national politics, is no stranger to Louisiana’s federal races. But its interest in a statewide post is something new.

Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at the Summit on the National Significance of the Master Plan on Thursday. Former Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is at far right. (Photo by Ian McCusker/ Manship School News Service)

Governor vows to maintain funding for coastal issues

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards pledged to a coastal erosion summit Thursday he would not reduce the state’s commitment to its coastline even as the state finds itself in dire financial straits.
“There will be no cuts to coastal funding to address the fiscal shortfall,” Edwards told a day-long summit on the National Significance of the Master Plan at LSU.

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