News for Tuesday 052918
By Dave Graichen
GOP House Caucus Chairman Lance Harris’s tax bill that raises 360 million dollars of the 648 million dollar budget shortfall passed the House after a weekend of deliberations that got the legislation 76 votes, 6 more than it needed to make it to Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.
The bill renews a third of the expiring penny sales tax, and eliminates some sales tax breaks. Harris says that would require 126 million dollars in budget cuts, but Governor Edwards administration says the cuts would be much closer to 300 million. The Governor’s office says Edwards has not decided whether or not he would veto the any budget that included those cuts if it made it to his desk.
While the Senate will now face the tax bill that’s on its way to the upper chamber, The Governor’s office is raising concerns that with a June 4th deadline for the special session rapidly approaching, that no budget bill has yet been filed. Republicans have blamed this on Edwards’ budget veto in the regular session, but the governor says there’s no reason why that is preventing the legislature from bringing a budget again in the special session.
In response Republican Representative Cameron Henry attempted an override of the Governor’s veto of House Bill One from the regular session. After a contentious debate, the move failed 52-48. A veto reconsideration can be brought up only one more time.
An eleven-year-old girl was killed in a police chase in Opelousas on Sunday morning and authorities are looking for two men she was with prior to her death. The family of Bryla Bell say she snuck out of the home and got into a truck with two people inside. When Opelousas Police approached the vehicle, two men jumped out and the girl took the wheel of the vehicle and which eventually struck an embankment and she died.
If your home was damaged in the 2016 floods, there’s a July 20th deadline to complete a survey that starts the process for aid through the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program. Housing Assistance Centers in Lafayette, Hammond, Monroe and Baton Rouge are open during regular business hours to help individuals complete the survey.
State Police Report a Holden man was killed Sunday when he lost control of an all-terrain vehicle. Authorities say the man was ejected from the ATV and landed in a roadway where he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. 28 year old Brandon Swindle was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Manning Passing Academy will host its first ever clinic and camp for girls. The Manning family has been running the premier football camp for high school boys for over two decades. Camp organizer Jeff Hawkins says the camp is open to girls between 8th and 12th grade and all women, June 25th and June 26th on the Nicholls State campus.
LSU and Northwestern State are in the same NCAA Baseball regional, the Corvallis Regional and the Demons will face number three national seed Oregon State, while the Tigers will take on San Diego State at 3 PM central time Friday. Tiger Rag Associate Editor James Moran says the Tigers beat some of the best teams in the country in the SEC which should make them very confident going forward.
It will be the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Championship series starting this Thursday. That after Golden State took Game seven of the western division finals yesterday from Houston. 102 / 92. In the Eastern division, The Boston Celtics fell to Cleveland Sunday in their 7th game of the series.