| Mar 30, 2009
When Governor Jindal took office in January of 2008, the State of Louisiana was enjoying a budget surplus of $1 billion. This allowed legislators to establish a school voucher program, cut taxes and spend millions on highways and medical research.
| May 24, 2009
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Tax breaks are stalled. Budget cuts are under negotiation. And bans on smoking in bars, hand-held cell phone use while driving and dental work at schools are awaiting their fate.
Very little is decided as the Legislature's regular...
| May 28, 2009
The expropriation and purchase of land for a new LSU hospital in New Orleans would be stalled until lawmakers review and approve financial plans for the hospital, under a bill approved yesterday by the House Health and Welfare Committee.
| Sep 23, 2009
Statement from New Orleans Speaker Pro Tem Karen Carter Peterson:
"Over the past several months, I have been truly moved by the outpouring of support from many members of the community encouraging me to become a candidate for Mayor of the City of New...
| Nov 21, 2009
Several lawmakers expressed their displeasure about how it's run, but a legislative budget committee finally agreed to let the Recovery School District move ahead with $163 million in repairs to hurricane-damaged schools in New Orleans.
| Jun 8, 2009
A state lawmaker from New Orleans wants to increase taxes on cigarettes, to produce more revenue for health care programs in Louisiana.
Rep. Karen Carter Peterson's legislation would increase taxes by 50 cents per pack of cigarettes, and increase taxes...
| Jun 9, 2009
A contentious proposal to raise Louisiana's tobacco tax has survived repeated attempts to derail it that would have made it nearly impossible for the bill to gain final passage.
The state House spent much of Tuesday afternoon locked in a series of...
| Jun 13, 2009
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - When opponents of state Rep. Karen Carter Peterson's tobacco tax proposal failed to derail it in the House, Peterson claimed victory online.
"LA Healthier Families Act saved from procedural maneuvers designed to kill!" she wrote...
| Jun 15, 2009
Louisiana House members have rejected a proposed 50-cent increase in cigarette taxes.
The measure needed 70 votes, or two-thirds of the House, for passage. But Rep. Karen Carter Peterson won just 45 votes, with 55 voting against the New Orleans Democrat'...
| Jun 17, 2009
The Louisiana Senate is refusing to give up on attempts to tap the state's "rainy day" fund and to delay a tax break as a way to stave off budget cuts next year.
The House has yet to debate either proposal - but House leaders oppose both financing...