Although Louisiana has a website ranked among the nation’s best in providing access to spending data, Republican lawmakers said on Tuesday that they would like to improve it as part of negotiations to solve the state’s impending budget shortfall.
House Speaker Taylor Barras on Tuesday proposed new spending caps and other cost-saving measures that the Republicans would like to couple with any revenue-raising measures that Gov. John Bel Edwards seeks to deal with a looming state budget shortfall.
Members of a task force convened to streamline Louisiana’s criminal code voted Tuesday to recommend that the Legislature introduce a felony class system that would place more than 660 felonies into eight categories and provide more consistent sentencing.
Louisiana House Speaker Taylor Barras told Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office Monday that Republican lawmakers would offer several cost-saving proposals on Tuesday and identify areas for possibly raising state revenue on Friday, aides to the governor said Monday.
Three-fourths of students with disabilities who finished high school in 2017 earned diplomas through the TOPS University Pathway and qualified to attend four-year universities, a new study by the state Education Department has found.