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  1. La. legislative staffers sort out changes added at the last minuteRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 17, 2016 | The Advocate

    At 4 p.m. last Wednesday - two hours before the special legislative session was to end - a secret deal between the state Senate president, the Louisiana House speaker and two business lobbyists collapsed and threatened to blow up the frenzied effort to eliminate the state's immediate budget deficit. A new deal - one that was less favorable to the business interests at the insistence of a Republican lawmaker from Monroe - came together in the final minutes of the session.

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  2. Louisiana Spotlight: Special session left much work undoneRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 13, 2015 | The Advocate

    Sloppy and incomplete. If only a few words could sum up the just-ended special legislative session, those would suffice.

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  3. Legislature ducks tough budget decisions during special meeting, convenes again for regular sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 12, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --House Speaker Rep. Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, right, signs the conference reports as Senate staff and President John Alario, Jr., R-Westwego, left, watches minutes before the closure of the 25-day Special Session of the Louisiana Legislatiure Wednesday. The regular session begins Monday.

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  4. Who will pay? A look at tax bills Louisiana lawmakers approvedRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 9, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Gov. John Bel Edwards leaves a press conference following the closure of the 25-day Special Session of the Louisiana Legislatiure Wednesday. The regular session begins Monday.

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  5. How Louisiana special session ended disgusts some, pleases others; herea s whata s nextRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 9, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- From left, Sen. John R. Smith, R-Leesville, Senate President John A. Alario, Jr., R-Westwego, Sen. Dale Erdey, R-Livingston, Sen. Bodi White, R-Central talk during tax bills discussion Wednesday on the last day of special session, March 9, 2016. Advocate Photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana senators huddle in the moments before the final day of the special legislative session convenes.

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  6. Can Louisiana lawmakers beat clock, finalize deficit-solving deal?Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 8, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Sen. Patrick Cortez, R-Lafayette, calls for support on amendment 545 to HB43 where he proposes taxing beads with Mardi Gras Krewe Doubloon Insignias on the next to last day of the special session. After some dissent and a promise to look at the subject in the near future, he withdrew his amendment and HB43 passed 37-0.

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  7. Louisiana lawmakers seek to finalize a deficit-solving deal before final day of special sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 8, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig -- Members of the Louisiana House wait on budgetary legislation for consideration on Tuesday, March 8. Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, left, speaks in favor of his amendment 800 to HB22, the stadium sales tax bill, as Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, right, listens on the next to last day of special session. The amendment was adopted and the bill passed 89-8.

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  8. With clock ticking, Louisiana Senate starts looking at bills to bridge the $200 million deficitRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Louisiana's Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget met for the first time Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. The leadership is, from left to right, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte, Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie.

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  9. Continue reading a 'Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2016 | The Advocate

    A little more than midway through the 25-day special session, legislative leaders don't have a clear road map on where to get the dollars needed to prevent what everybody seems to agree would be devastating cuts to essential state government services. State lawmakers are $150 million to $200 million short of closing a $900 million gap for the fiscal year that ends on June 30. Both House Speaker Taylor Barras and Senate President John Alario agree the state cannot stomach deeper cuts in government spending.

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  10. Our views: In short term, new pennyRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2016 | The Advocate

    Nobody wins, really, when the state faces such a tragic financial situation that an emergency sales tax increase is needed to balance the budget. Nor do we like a sales tax hike in general, although we understand the rationale for it in this crunch.

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    Feb 21, 2016 | The Advocate

    'Unfortunately, it's not a fast process,' GOP leader House Speaker Taylor Barras counsels patience on solutions to budget problem Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, speaks with legislators before Gov. John Bel Edwards' Joint Sesson address. House Speaker Taylor Barras counseled patience for the many people - led by Gov. John Bel Edwards - who are urging Republicans in the House to accelerate their pace on bills aimed at raising taxes to help solve the state's short-term budget crisis.

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  12. Cigarettes, beer and sales taxes, Edwards administration starts spelling out tax proposalsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 15, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses a Joint Sesson Sunday at the start of a Special Legislative Session. Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Rep. Jimmy Harris, D-New Orleans, left, listens to House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, right, after the committee adjourned for the day.

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  13. Edwards administration starts spelling out tax proposalsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 15, 2016 | The Advocate

    Smokers would pay an extra 22 cents per pack of cigarettes, beer drinkers 1-cent more for a cold one and consumers an additional 1-cent in sales taxes, as Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration began on Monday to spell out the tax increases he says are needed to plug the state's massive budget holes. But the Edwards administration couldn't detail how much many of the individual bills would raise or the entire amount it is trying to raise in its tax package.

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    Feb 13, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Black lines painted over lines in a recalculation of spacing for Senators' parking spaces, outside the State Capitol Thursday as staff and legislators prepare for the start of the Special Session on Sunday. When the Louisiana Legislature approved this year's state budget in June, just about everyone agreed it was actually far out of balance - everyone, that is, but Gov. Bobby Jindal, who proclaimed it a successful day and announced his campaign for president two weeks later.

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  15. Tom Bensona s grandson Ryan LeBlanc says mental competency lawsuit is...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 18, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Ryan LeBlanc, center is flanked by his sister Rita LeBlanc, left, and mother Renee Benson as they enter the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 for a hearing of the appeal filed after Tom Benson was declared mentally competent to change up who would inherit control of his nearly $2 billion business empire after his death.

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    Feb 7, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- 'I did better than I thought,' says Rudy Smith, with wife Deanna at their home in Gretna, of his climb to the top of the Empire State Building. He finished the run up in 22 minutes, 40 seconds.

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  17. Stephanie Grace: Making nice not getting Edwards very farRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 4, 2016 | The Advocate

    Gov. John Bel Edwards had clearly hoped that things would go differently. That the state's politicians would give one another's ideas a fair, open-minded hearing.

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  18. Edwards administration delays OK of key Medicaid expansion fundingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 29, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Louisiana's Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget met for the first time Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. The leadership is, from left to right, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte, Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie.

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  19. Stephanie Grace: In partisan Legislature, Senate President John...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 25, 2016 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Senate President John Alario, Jr., R-Westwego, directs procedings in the Louisiana Senate during the Legislative session Wednesday. As the Legislature gears up for a grueling special session, all eyes have been on the big power shift in the House, where the Republican majority broke with tradition and elected one of its own as speaker rather than going along with the Democratic governor's favored candidate.

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  20. Stephanie Grace: Alario still master of the SenateRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 25, 2016 | The Advocate

    As the Legislature gears up for a grueling special session, all eyes have been on the big power shift in the House, where the Republican majority broke with tradition and elected one of its own as speaker rather than going along with the Democratic governor's favored candidate. Just as interesting as why that happened in the House is a related question: How come the same thing didn't happen in the Senate? Ask longtime members and they'll point to the makeup of the body, which includes many former House members who've served together for decades and came up working across party lines.

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