Barry Ivey

March 1, 2018

Special session on life support

The special legislative session is teetering on the brink of collapse after a crucial sales tax bill favored by Republicans was shot down Wednesday night, with only 38 of 105 House members voting for it (it needed 70 votes to pass).

Number of the Day

67 - Number of legislators who voted against House Bill 23 that would temporarily renew one-quarter of an expiring 1 percent sales tax and temporarily eliminate some sales tax breaks (Source:
February 26, 2018

Back from the brink

The Legislature’s special session nears its midpoint with a critical package of tax and budget bills having cleared their most difficult hurdle. Meeting for a rare Sunday afternoon session, the House Ways & Means Committee approved two major tax bills - one on sales taxes and one on income tax - while the Health & Welfare Committee advanced Medicaid bills sought by conservatives.

Number of the Day

$432 million - Total projected revenue raised by the tax bills approved by the House Ways & Means Committee on Sunday. That still leave the Legislature $260 million short of what’s needed to address the July 1 fiscal cliff. (Source: Times-Picayune)
May 31, 2017

Another tax reform bill bites the dust

With the Legislature scheduled to adjourn in eight days, the chances of lawmakers agreeing on a solution to the $1.3 billion fiscal “cliff” in 2018 are increasingly remote.

Number of the Day

1,100- nonviolent offenders to be released from prison by next summer if the criminal justice package is approved without amendments (Source: Times-Picayune)