Monday, November 20, 2017
Over the last decade, Louisiana has sharply increased its payments to nursing homes even as occupancy rates have stayed flat and quality-of-care rankings have hovered near the bottom, according to a report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislat…
Friday, November 17, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Louisiana legislators will be asked Friday morning to approve doubling the cost of life insurance, starting Jan. 1, for most retired state workers.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
A federal judge this week cut one Louisiana abortion law from a suit filed by an abortion clinic and its doctors, and narrowed challenges to four other laws.
State House Republicans have submitted proposed changes they want made to deals with private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients, as the lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over the m…
Louisiana faces rising driver frustrations, more expensive projects and poorly-rated roads and bridges because of the death of a push to increase the state gas tax, state transportation chief Shawn Wilson said Thursday.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
In a word, Gov. John Bel Edwards told a gathering of advocates Thursday that he would order his state economic development agency to require companies seeking tax exemptions to do so in writing and to post those requests online within three days.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Millions of dollars in Louisiana state taxes have been freed from an escrow account after the chemical industry lost its lawsuit challenging a 2015 sales tax change.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Arguing that the state Senate gamed the open meetings law, lawyers for laid-off workers Tuesday asked a state appellate court to uphold two lower court's invalidation of a resolution that led to the closing of a charity hospital more than three ye…
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.