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."
Dan Fagan: Edwards can't explain budget 'cuts,' probably can't 'understand it' for us either
The new year is a time to reflect on the past and resolve to make positive change in the future. As I reflect on an issue that is of utmost importance to many coastal communities — coastal restoration — I am somewhat saddened that the primary solution offered by our state leadership has been to encourage lawyers to file hasty and ill-conceived lawsuits in hopes of a big, quick payday and a potential fill for some budget holes.