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The chairman of Senate Finance has no desire to approve the budget the House passed last Thursday. Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur says he can’t support a spending plan that would kick 46-thousand elderly and disabled people from nursing homes.


LaFleur says, "I will never vote for this budget. I will not allow for a thousand people to be thrown out into the streets. I'd be embarrassed, and I'm not even running again for office."

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Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is warning that lawmakers will not be able to cut their way to a balanced budget for next fiscal year. He testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee today and reiterated the governor’s call to wrap up the regular session in early May, so that a special session that addresses revenue can be called to tackle the fiscal cliff. Dardenne has a challenge for lawmakers who disagree.


Revenue issues can only be brought up in a special session this year.


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A bill to create a transparency tool called Louisiana Checkbook passed the House Appropriations committee, and may be considered on the house floor later this week. The program closely mirrors Ohiocheckbook.com, where Ohio residents are presented a detailed report about state expenses. House Speaker Taylor Barras says it’s a user friendly tool for the public.


According to Barras, the Louisiana Checkbook could be "...one of the most interactive tools for gathering the financial data of state agencies." 


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House Republican Caucus Chairman Lance Harris of Alexandria is still waiting on specifics from the Edwards administration on how to fix the fiscal cliff. The governor would like to call lawmakers into a special session, so changes can be made to our tax code to address a billion dollar shortfall. But Harris says he and his party are still in the dark.


The governor is proposing a reduction in tax breaks for businesses as a way to bridge the one-billion-dollar budget deficit.  But Harris says they should look at making more cuts in state spending first.


Louisiana Closes Year With $100M Surplus

Sep 21, 2017

      Louisiana has a rare bit of good budget news: The governor's chief financial officer says the state ended the last budget year with a surplus topping $100 million. 

     Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne outlined the better-than-expected finish to the 2016-17 budget year in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. 

     He says Louisiana collected more money than projected from sales taxes and personal income taxes in the year that closed June 30. 

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The Edwards administration has started the legal process to remove BRF as the operator of the state’s safety net hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a letter has been sent to Shreveport-based BRF that gives them 45 days to correct various problems.

Dardenne says the state has spoken with Ochsner Health System and the New Orleans based hospital company could help BRF run the hospitals or possibly replace BRF.


Gov. John Bel Edwards' top budget architect spent the weekend in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. 

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was discharged Monday, according to spokesman Cody Wells. 

In a statement, Dardenne said he woke up Saturday morning "feeling pressure in my chest," and went to the hospital. He said an exam "revealed some blockages" for which he was treated.

 He said he was heeding his doctors' advice regarding rest but look forward to returning to work as soon as he's cleared.

Fewer State Construction Contracts In Future

Aug 11, 2016
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Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says there will be fewer construction projects in Louisiana for the next couple of years because of budget limitations. He says the bond commission only allows the state to borrow 6% of what funds the Revenue Estimating Conference says the state has.

Dardenne says the capital outlay bill has become more of an extensive wish list than a plan of what the state can actually accomplish. He says just because a project is included in the construction bill doesn’t mean it will be completed because the funds may not be available. 

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Republican Jay Dardenne, who ran unsuccessfully for governor, is rebuffing GOP contender David Vitter in the runoff election and backing Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards instead.

Edwards hopes Dardenne's endorsement, announced Thursday, will make Republican voters feel more comfortable with supporting a Democrat in the Nov. 21 runoff.


A major company has decided to place a moratorium on new movie and film productions in Louisiana, following legislative changes to the state's film tax credit program.

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says it's an early sign of companies displeasure in the new law that lowered the tax credit to $180 million.  "It's distressing to see that reaction.  I hope we can alleviate some concerns down the road that we're trying to fix that," said Dardenne.