News for Wednesday 060618
By Dave Graichen
The second special session of 2018 ended without a sales tax bill passing that would replace 648-million dollars in expiring sales taxes. A Senate backed tax bill that renewed half of the expiring penny sales tax to fund higher ed, healthcare, and TOPS was six votes short of passage. Louisiana Budget Project director Jan Moller says if the revenue can’t be raised in an expected third special session, 500 million dollars of cuts will be distributed across state government.
A budget approved by lawmakers in the final hour of the second special session would reduce higher education funding by 96-million dollars and TOPS would be funded at 70-percent. President of the University of Louisiana System Dr. Jim Henderson says the idea of cuts to higher ed and TOPS is disappointing. A sales tax bill that would have prevented cuts to higher ed and TOPS failed in the final moments of the second special session. Dr. Henderson says going back on the promise of a fully funded TOPS scholarship is a message that the state should not want to convey to the students.
With the second extra legislative session of this year ending in a partisan gridlock, and a third coming up, State Representative Malinda White of Bogalusa says she’s taking action by donating her pay from an expected third special session to a worthy cause in District 75. A third special session would cost at least 50-thousand dollars a day. By failing once again to pass a solution to fund the budget, White says that her constituents are aggravated with the costs and delays caused by the extra sessions. The donation she is making is estimated to be about $1500.
In a state struggling to raise revenue, this may be a win win.. A Louisiana parish has issued 8,000 tickets for uninsured cars and trucks after installing license plate readers last year. Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington said the $200 citations were mailed to vehicle owners who drove by the cameras and were found to be uninsured. One of the reasons Louisiana his the highest auto insurance rates in the country is because of the high number of uninsured motorists.
The reward has trippled for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in last week’s fatal shooting of 29-year-old Cameron Mack and his four-year-old daughter Cali in LaPlace The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s office has announced a 15-thousand dollar reward. They’ve been searching for the gunman, who fatally shot the two as they were walking up the stairs to their home.
A town councilman in LaFourche Parish has been charged with his third D-U-I. State Police arrested 39-year-old Wayne Bourgeois of Lockport after he allegedly side-swiped another vehicle. Bourgeois says he regrets the incident and he’ll appear in court July 6th.
Googling “how common is barium poisoning “on your phone might not be a good idea if you plan on poisoning someone. That information is in the warrant for 50-year-old Meshell Hale of Slaughter ,who was arrested and charged with second degree murder in the 2015 poisoning death of a Damian Skipper. A new autopsy revealed the presence of barium.
Livingston Parish deputies were informed about a domestic dispute and dispatched to a Denham Springs home around 1 am Tuesday morning. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Lori Steel, says the results were a deadly tragedy witnessed by several children. Officials are saying it appears the suspect stabbed the victim multiple times with a knife, as well as attacked another individual with his bare hands. Steel says thankfully, none of the children who witnessed the crime were injured. The suspect, Christopher Glen, is currently being held in the Livingston Parish Detention Center and more charges are pending.
The only LSU player selected during day two of the Major League Baseball Draft is sophomore left-hander Nick Bush who was drafted in the eight round by the Colorado Rockies. Bush boasted an ERA of 3.40 in 47.2 innings this past season.
No LSU baseball players were selected in the first seven rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft, which is good news for Coach Paul Mainieri. Zack Hess, Zach Watson and Antoine Duplantis are draft eligible and if they were selected high enough and received a big enough signing bonus, they may decide to end their college career and play professional baseball.
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