Wednesday, November 01, 2017
State prosecutors are raising alarms about a legislative audit that found the system used to keep track inmates is riddled with problems, including trouble accurately calculating dates when inmates are to be released.
In the first nine months of 2017, about two billion gallons of water pumped out of the aquifer that runs beneath East Baton Rouge Parish went to customers in Ascension and Iberville parishes.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Starting at midnight and going throughout Wednesday morning, more than 1,900 convicted inmates are walking out of prisons across the state before their sentence is completed.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Running up to deadline, officials spent Tuesday in a scramble to figure out how much water Baton Rouge Water Company pumps in East Baton Rouge and sells to customers in Ascension Parish.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
After a bitter name-calling debate in 1991 that pitted arguments of “good and evil” against practical economics, Louisiana legislators haven’t revisited the laws governing casino gambling.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Lawmakers postponed a decision Friday on whether to extend lucrative contracts for the five managed-care companies that coordinate health services for most state Medicaid patients, saying they want more details about deals that are among the large…
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Louisiana's health department wants to keep the five managed-care companies that coordinate health services for most state Medicaid patients in place, extending the lucrative government contracts for another two years.
Louisiana has more wiggle room to borrow money next year for state-financed construction projects, a brightened forecast presented Thursday that replaced grim projections of a cash crunch so deep it threatened to stall nearly all projects.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Perhaps feeling that voters are reaching the end of their tolerance for dysfunctional government, Louisiana House members of both parties gathered Thursday to talk about how to deal with the impending “fiscal cliff.”
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
After trying dozens of ways to get her elderly parents out of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico over the past three weeks, Zelideth Jimenez Ceasar had all but given up hope.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Friday, October 06, 2017
Local law enforcement officials are bracing for the release of the first group of inmates – about 1,400 convicts – under the new criminal justice system that was passed and signed into law earlier this year.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
It was an idea from one state treasurer that dominated budget negotiations for months only to be quietly sidelined earlier this year by the concerns of another state treasurer and likely will be resurrected by the person elected next state treasur…
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
In six weeks, the group in charge of the aquifer that serves as Baton Rouge's water supply is due to present a report to the state; what they'll turn over remains to be seen.
Friday, September 15, 2017
A Louisiana lawmaker will pay a $37,000 fine to the state treasury over three years, under an agreement approved Friday in which he acknowledges misspending the dollars from his campaign account to "fund a gambling habit."
Monday, September 11, 2017
Louisiana's Medicaid program improperly paid $4.2 million over a five-year period for laboratory services and tests that shouldn't have been covered, according to an audit released Monday.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
President Donald Trump sounded like he was running for the Louisiana Legislature when he told Republican leaders last week: “We're going to reduce taxes for companies, and those companies are going to produce jobs.”
Friday, September 08, 2017
Two years have passed since Louisiana legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes but contracting a company to grow the plants is proving more difficult than expected.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The state’s strategy for keeping peace at Louisiana’s only facility caring for the intellectually disabled received a crippling blow in a legal action held behind closed courtroom doors.
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Now that the wicked weather has passed, Louisiana this week shifts focus to the financial storm threatening to swamp TOPS, the popular grants that keep public colleges and universities nearly free for students with modest academic achievements.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Greg Albrecht fields a lot of stupid questions as the Louisiana Legislature’s economist, but his voice takes on a special patience when talking sales tax holidays.
Nicholls State University President Bruce Murphy, like the heads of several public colleges in Louisiana, faces something of conundrum: Is he going to have to use tuition students pay for their education to cover overhead expenses for state government?
Monday, August 21, 2017
Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni sent a caustic letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards last week, accusing him of spitefully vetoing a top-priority drainage project in Jefferson to send a message to conservative foes in the Legislature.?
Saturday, August 19, 2017
For the first time in nine years, Louisiana lawmakers tapped the brakes in June and left higher education’s finances alone as they were approving the state budget.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Friday, August 04, 2017
State employees are receiving pay raises, many for the first time in a decade, as part of a new compensation system being rolled out by the state Civil Service Commission over the next few weeks.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
As they scraped together dollars to fill gaps in last year's budget, Louisiana lawmakers relied on nearly $36 million from a state escrow account tied to ongoing tax litigation, dollars that can't be spent while the lawsuits remain unresolved.
The new bipartisan panel of legislators setting out to evaluate the popular?Taylor Opportunity Program for Students' future will hold its first meeting at the Capitol on Sept. 6.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Louisiana Family Forum, the powerful religiously based lobbyists, released its legislative scorecard Friday, ranking the state’s 144 legislators.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
J. Kenneth Leithman, a core member of the group of "Young Turks" who modernized the operations of the Louisiana House of Representatives in the early 1970s, died Monday, July 10. He was 86.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
During a recent day on the job, Louisiana probation and parole officer Scott Tubbs searched for a prostitute addicted to drugs, urged a paralyzed former gang member to ease up on pain pills, and checked in on a man who had killed his father with a…
The Louisiana Democratic Party is dropping Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from its yearly fundraising event —?becoming the latest state party to shift away from honoring the two slave-owning presidents.
Louisiana residents across the state are wearing pink Wednesday in honor of state Rep. Julie Stokes who last week dropped out of the race for state treasurer and announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
New Orleans' crime became a congressional issue this week during the confirmation hearing of the man nominated to lead the FBI, with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy describing the situation as a huge battle that the city is losing.
Monday, July 10, 2017
The state Legislature didn't raise revenue during the most recent session, prompting the state Department of Health to get about 14 percent less state funding than officials had requested.
One by one, the four Confederate-era monuments came down in New Orleans, removed because of outrage by those who saw reminders of slavery and white supremacy chiseled in their stone faces. But at least one Louisiana lawmaker who argued earlier thi…
Saturday, July 08, 2017
It’s unappealingly smug, true, but those photos last week of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enjoying a beach deserted because of a government shutdown surely brought a smile to survivors of Louisiana’s brutal budget battles.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
As the harsh feelings from 2017 sessions of the Louisiana Legislature recede, state Rep. Gene Reynolds, chief of the House Democratic members, said Wednesday he’s not going to step down after all.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Politics, once a staple along with fishing and Tigers/Saints, has been crossed off the list of acceptable topics at crawfish boils, tailgates and dinners on the grounds.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is facing the first of several key decisions centered on a single question: Should he try to gain more leverage over the Legislature by selectively punishing several of the lawmakers who thwarted his initiatives on the budget…
Monday, June 19, 2017
The Louisiana Legislature paid lip service this summer to improving services for the elderly and physically disabled -- but it did almost nothing to actually change a system that disproportionately institutionalizes the state's most vulnerable peo…
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne waxed poetic Monday about legislators finally getting down to doing in overtime what they should have done in the regular session.