Mark Twain famously said, “Never let truth get in the way of a story.” As the Legislature’s most recent special session closed and Gov. John Bel Edwards joined many in the Legislature in celebratory high-fives, what was left unsaid is just how much government spending, and the taxes we pay, have gone up.
When I took the podium minutes before the vote was cast to raise your taxes $460 million, I laid out the facts on why I would vote no.
Local members of the state legislature spoke Thursday to a packed house gathered at Tchefuncta Country Club for what was supposed to be a legislative “wrap-up luncheon” staged by the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.
But with the budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 yet to be approved, the luncheon was more of a chance for six area legislators, all Republicans, to offer their ideas on compromises and to throw a few darts at Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
One of the things that makes writing the state budget in Louisiana so difficult every year is the state’s abundance of constitutional and statutory dedicated funds, where specific revenue sources are tied to specific expenditures by the constitution or by law.
State Senator Sharon Hewitt is attempting to put the brakes on our soaring rates by doing away with something known as the "seat belt gag law."
BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA / WGMB) - Governor John Bel Edwards and legislators continue to look for common ground on how to deal with the proposed budget which features about 600 million dollars in cuts.
But some of the republican leadership have questioned whether those cuts are real. Senator Sharon Hewitt, a Republican from Slidell is one of them.
She sits on the Finance Committee that was presented to the Governor's proposal back in January.
That's when the Senator and the Governor got into a terse exchange. Governor Edwards told Hewitt that he can explain it to her, but that he couldn't understand it for her, to which she responded "That's insulting."