Government

June 27, 2018 - 7:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) _ Nothing could have shifted the political landscape more than this. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement and President Donald Trump's pledge to move quickly to fill the seat guarantee a searing summer of charged rhetoric that could touch on virtually every hot-button...
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June 27, 2018 - 1:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Latest on Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement (all times local): 2:23 p.m. President Donald Trump says the search for a new Supreme Court justice will begin ``immediately.'' Trump spoke Wednesday shortly after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement...
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June 24, 2018 - 3:00 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana's third special legislative session this year is nearing an end, with a deal on track that will avert hefty cuts to public colleges, tuition aid and public safety programs. Senators intend to give final passage Sunday afternoon to a sales tax renewal bill that will...
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June 23, 2018 - 1:40 pm
(WWL.com) - U.S. Senator John Kennedy has attached an amendment to an appropriations bill to keep taxpayer money from going towards first-class airline tickets for federal employees. Kennedy says there’s only two reasons why a federal worker should receive a taxpayer funded first-class ticket. "If...
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June 23, 2018 - 12:29 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers are speeding to an early end of their latest special session, with a tax deal in hand to avoid deep budget cuts and keep state finances on track for seven years. Senate committees Saturday quickly advanced a sales tax bill to raise $463 million for the...
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June 23, 2018 - 12:18 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana will take longer than expected to pick the company to replace the state's decade-old voting machines. In May, the Secretary of State's Office said a winner bidder was expected to be chosen this month. But the agency said Thursday that timeline has been pushed back...
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June 22, 2018 - 4:18 pm
(WWL.com) - After a week of difficult negotiations, the House has approved legislation that sets Louisiana’s sales tax rate at 4.45 percent through mid-2025. That would be enough revenue to prevent cuts to higher education and the TOPS scholarship program next fiscal year. “Thank you for...
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June 22, 2018 - 3:30 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The Latest on Louisiana's special session on taxes (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Louisiana's legislative leaders believe they may be able to wrap up the state's latest special session on Sunday night. House passage of a tax deal on Friday has paved the way for that...
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June 22, 2018 - 2:13 pm
(WWL.com) - While the Senate is continuing to wait on passage from the House for a solution to the upcoming fiscal cliff, Senate President John Alario says a “Back-up” has been proposed in the event gridlock continues over sales tax negotiations. “This is an effort to have some instrument in place...
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June 21, 2018 - 6:55 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana's special session on taxes (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The L has rejected a sales tax proposal that would have fully financed next year's budget and kept agencies from steep cuts. Lawmakers voted 60-40 for the bill, which needed 70 votes to pass. It...
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