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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.

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?

Suit filed over Mamou Police arrest

The City of Ville Platte isn’t the only municipality facing lawsuits because of actions on the part of their law enforcement officers.
On July 11, 2016, attorney Gilbert Aucoin filed a suit against the City of Mamou, XYZ Insurance Company and former Chief of Police Robert McGee on behalf of his client who alleges the Mamou Police Department unlawfully arrested her on July 12, 2015.
The defendants responded to Aucoin’s petition on Sept. 12, 2016 and denied all of the claims made by Aucoin’s client.

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.

Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee testifies before the Senate Finance Committee in regard to funding cuts in House proposal to cover a $304 million revenue midyear shortfall. (Photo by Carrie Grace Henderson/Manship School News Service)

Senate to take up budget fix Sunday

A bill backed by House Republicans to close the $304 million midyear budget deficit made it out of the Senate Finance committee Saturday unchanged. However, amendments are a certainty when it is debated on the Senate floor Sunday.
(Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUOhfpRGCbY&feature=youtu.be)

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