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Taking Stock Of Homeowner Recovery Two Years After The Flood

8/14/2018
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Two years ago, tens of thousands of homes in southeast Louisiana were flooded by historic rainfall. Recovery continues, but fewer homeowners than anticipated are applying for financial assistance from the state. Capitol Access caught up with Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, to discuss what’s been done and what’s left to do.

Duration:00:03:59

Farmers Feeling Impact Of Soybean Tariff, But Louisiana's Head of Agriculture Remains Hopeful

8/1/2018
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Louisiana plants more soybean per acre than any other row crop in the state. Last month, China introduced a tariff on American soybeans, making them 25% more expensive for Chinese buyers. The move was a response to tariffs announced by President Trump on Chinese goods. How will the soybean tariff impact Louisiana farmers?

Duration:00:03:59

The Race Is On For Congress, Secretary Of State In Louisiana

7/24/2018
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Election season is officially underway, as qualifying for the fall election ended Friday, July 20. Voters in Louisiana will head to the polls November 6th to choose the state’s six members in the US House of Representatives and the Secretary of State in Louisiana.

Duration:00:03:59

Lawmakers Pivot Towards Remainder Of Term With Fiscal Cliff Behind Them

7/13/2018
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It took multiple special sessions, but the Louisiana Legislature avoided the fiscal cliff. With a budget crisis behind them, Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Advocate, says lawmakers, including the Governor, will focus their attention on other issues, like an upcoming election. Grace discusses which policy issues may or may not get traction in an election year with Capitol Access Reporter Wallis Watkins.

Duration:00:04:00

Louisiana's Incarceration Rate Drops After Implementation Of Criminal Justice Reforms

6/29/2018
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Governor John Bel Edwards announced, “the state of Louisiana no longer holds the title of incarceration capital of the nation."

Duration:00:01:59

How The U.S. Supreme Court Decision Could Impact Louisiana

6/28/2018
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Louisiana could soon be collecting sales tax from online retailers, thanks to a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court.

Duration:00:01:59

Funding Approved To Implement Juvenile Offender ‘Raise The Age’ Act

6/27/2018
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In 2016, the Louisiana Legislature passed a law saying 17 year olds would no longer be treated as adults in the criminal justice system. Instead, they’d be considered juveniles.

Duration:00:01:59

After Tax Compromise, Long-Term Budget Reform Still Marred By Politics

6/26/2018
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As the Legislature was wrapping up sales-tax negotiations Sunday, the debate over long-term structural tax reform in Louisiana showed little sign of slowing down.

Duration:00:01:59

Louisiana House In 'Extreme Deadlock' Over Tax Bills

6/22/2018
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The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling Thursday that threw a curveball into tax negotiations inside the Louisiana Capitol.

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Sales-Tax Bills Start Advancing In Third Special Session

6/21/2018
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Lawmakers continue to debate how many tenths of a penny should remain as part of the state's sales-tax rate. On Wednesday, a House committee advanced three options.

Duration:00:01:59

Lawmakers Re-Examine Budget On Day Two Of Special Session

6/20/2018
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The House Appropriations committee spent the second day of a 10-day special session rehashing old budget debates.

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Cuts To State Services On Line As Legislature Begins Third Special Session

6/19/2018
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Lawmakers filed back into the Capitol Monday for a third special session. They’ll spend the next 10 days focusing on the same problem they've failed to address twice already this year. In less than two weeks, the state will lose over $1 billion in revenue.

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Is Third Time The Charm For Louisiana Legislature?

6/18/2018
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The House and Senate gavel back into session today to restart the lingering tax debate.

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Tax Talks Underway In Advance Of Third Special Session

6/15/2018
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With a short break between the second and third special sessions, House and Senate leaders, including Senate President John Alario, are using this week to jumpstart the tax debate.

Duration:00:01:59

Potential Budget Cut Puts Probation Program At Risk For Louisiana's Juvenile System

6/14/2018
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Probation services for youth in Louisiana’s Juvenile Justice system are on the chopping block. If hit with an $11 million cut outlined in the current budget, Deputy Secretary James Bueche says his department would be forced to layoff more than 100 employees who work with kids on probation.

Duration:00:01:59

Cuts To Corrections Budget Would Force Release Of Thousands Of State Inmates

6/13/2018
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If a budget cut to the Louisiana Department of Corrections isn’t resolved by June 30, thousands of state offenders would be released from prison.

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Tax Break For Low-Income Families To Offset Potential Sales Tax Increase

6/12/2018
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There wasn’t enough agreement in the second special session for lawmakers to renew a sales tax increase in Louisiana, but the Legislature did manage to pass a tax break for low-income families.

Duration:00:01:59

At $60 Thousand Per Day, Legislators Headed To Third Special Session

6/11/2018
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Legislators are gearing up for a third special session that will start June 18. They’ll have 10 days to reach an agreement on the budget and taxes.

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Louisiana's Food Stamp Program Threatened By Budget Uncertainty

6/8/2018
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If lawmakers can’t reach a tax compromise by June 30, many state agencies would face steep budget cuts. Marketa Walters is the Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services. In the event the Legislature fails to replace expiring revenue in a third special session, her department would be cut more than 20 percent.

Duration:00:01:59

Louisiana Higher Education Leaders Continue Push For Full Funding

6/7/2018
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Louisiana’s colleges and universities are facing a budget cut of nearly $100 million next year if the Legislature can’t compromise on a tax plan by June 30.

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