Gov. John Bel Edwards

Governor expresses surprise a capital outlay cuts

Gov. John Bel Edwards

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Neil Abramson’s 378 amendments to the state capital outlay budget, eliminating hundreds of state and local government projects on top of the nearly $1 billion in projects the executive branch already excluded, came as a surprise to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Budget changes set stage for political brawl

Jeremy Alford

In a dramatic shift away from the Edwards Administration’s priorities, the House Appropriations Committee advanced a state budget on Monday that gives the attorney general autonomous spending control, eliminates the office of inspector general, reverses cuts to a free college tuition program and

Budget battle takes shape in House panel

Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, pondering testimony on HB1, the state budget, Monday. He is flanked by Reps. Steve Pylant, R-Winnsboro, and John Berthelot, R-Gonzales.  Credit:  Samuel Carter Karlin

The state’s budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 began its tumultuous journey through the Legislature Monday with large-scale changes made by House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, in large part to fund TOPS, the state’s popular tuition-paying program.  

Rape of minors added to list of crimes that can be prosecuted 30 years after offense

The Catholic Church’s past issues with scandals came up in the Louisiana State Senate chamber Monday as the body debated a House bill that would add rape of minors to the sex crimes that can be prosecuted up to 30 years after they are committed.   

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