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An open U.S. House seat representing northeastern and central Louisiana is attracting strong interest from candidates. At least seven contenders had signed up for the race Thursday as Louisiana reached the second day of its candidate registration period.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham isn’t seeking reelection to a fourth term in the 5th Congressional District. The highest-profile and best-funded candidates vying to fill the vacancy on the Nov. 3 ballot are two Republicans: Abraham's chief of staff, Luke Letlow, and state Rep. Lance Harris. Abraham is supporting Letlow.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The leader of Louisiana's House Republicans is backing U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham in the governor's race.

Alexandria state Rep. Lance Harris, chairman of the House GOP delegation, announced in a video Tuesday that he's endorsing Abraham, rather than Republican contender and businessman Eddie Rispone.

Abraham and Rispone are running against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards on the Oct. 12 ballot.

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The House narrowly passed a budget that would fund TOPS at 80% and maintain higher ed funding, but would implement deep cuts in healthcare funding, potentially ending public-private partnership hospitals that care for the poor. House Appropriations Chairman Republican Cameron Henry says the state cannot afford to maintain its current healthcare spending.

 

Henry says, "The growth at which Medicaid is expanding is a rate we cannot attain. This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue; this is a math issue."

 

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Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras provides Governor John Bel Edwards with budget cutting proposals as part of the negotiations to solve a nearly billion dollar shortfall. House Republican delegation chairman Lance Harris says in an effort to reduce health care spending, so they would like to see work requirements for certain people who receive Medicaid.

 

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House Republican Caucus Chairman Lance Harris of Alexandria is still waiting on specifics from the Edwards administration on how to fix the fiscal cliff. The governor would like to call lawmakers into a special session, so changes can be made to our tax code to address a billion dollar shortfall. But Harris says he and his party are still in the dark.

 

The governor is proposing a reduction in tax breaks for businesses as a way to bridge the one-billion-dollar budget deficit.  But Harris says they should look at making more cuts in state spending first.

 

Louisiana House Leaders Plan Closed-Door Financial Retreat

Oct 11, 2017
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Louisiana House lawmakers are planning a closed-door retreat to hash out ideas for closing a looming $1 billion-plus state budget gap.

 The meeting will be held Thursday at a Baton Rouge catering hall.

 Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris, head of the House GOP delegation, called the gathering an "educational, bipartisan retreat" aimed at getting the most up-to-date information about the state's finances and the options for filling the budget hole.