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Mark Ballard
Editor, The Advocate's Capitol News Bureau

Mark Ballard has been the editor in charge of The Advocate's Capitol news bureau since 2007. The Capitol news bureau is among the largest desks covering state government in the country. The CNB has six reporters in the State Capitol and a reporter stationed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Mr. Ballard attended LSU as an undergraduate and received his Master’s degree from Columbia. He has covered the legislature in Texas and the state assembly in New York. He has also worked for American Lawyer's magazines in Texas and Newark and The National Law Journal newspaper. Mr. Ballard has received a National Investigative Reporters and Editors award and a National Headliner award. He rejoined The Advocate during the 2004 regular legislative session and is also the editor of the Sunday column, Political Horizons.

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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