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  • Lawmakers to decide by Dec. 8 on using 'rainy day' fund

    November 24, 2015 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ballots have gone out to state lawmakers, asking them to decide whether Louisiana should tap its "rainy day" fund to rebalance this year's budget. Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking House and Senate members to use $28.2 million from the fund to help close a midyear deficit... more »
  • Jindal plan to close $487M budget deficit wins approval

    November 20, 2015 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to rebalance the state's budget and close a $487 million deficit. Though members of the joint House and Senate budget committee raised concerns that the patchwork plan would leave a slew of financial problems for a new governor taking... more »
  • Ascension Parish Council approves $132 million budget

    November 20, 2015 8:42 AM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Council has agreed to a $132.5 million spending plan for the new year. The council approved Thursday setting aside $38.7 million on capital improvements for roads, major drainage, new lighting at parish parks and new soccer fields at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Among the road projects,... more »
  • Louisiana rivals for governor criticize Jindal deficit plan check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 19, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Both men vying to follow Gov. Bobby Jindal into office are lambasting the governor's plan for closing the state's $487 million budget deficit. Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter said Thursday that the proposal papers over the gap in a way that punts the problem... more »
  • Proposed city budget grows police to largest force in history

    November 18, 2015 11:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders have started to discuss the next budget, a 6% increase from 2015. Wednesday, the Metro Council analyzed the first group of proposals. Among them, the spending plan for Baton Rouge Police. The mayor is asking to increase spending by 2% for the department. ... more »
  • Jindal proposes cuts, patchwork financing to close deficit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 18, 2015 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to cut $150 million across agencies, tap into the state "rainy day" fund and use piecemeal financing to close a $487 million budget deficit. Public colleges will be shielded from cuts. The state health department, however, will have to shrink its state spending... more »
  • Jindal says state will be better no matter who's elected governor

    November 18, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he has a plan to help Louisiana get out of the fiscal hole it's in and back in the black, without raising taxes. In his first press conference since ending his presidential campaign, Jindal provided no details about the plan. He... more »
  • More budget cuts coming: New $370M state deficit emerges check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 16, 2015 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The budget hits keep on coming in Louisiana. The state has a $370 million midyear budget deficit, amid oil and gas price drops and lower-than-expected business tax collections. A downgrade of the state's income projections was approved Monday by the Revenue Estimating Conference. Gov.... more »
  • US government records $136.5 billion October budget deficit

    November 12, 2015 2:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. government started its new budget year with a deficit in October, although the imbalance was made worse by a calendar quirk. The Treasury Department says the October deficit totaled $136.5 billion, up 12.2 percent from October 2014. In both years, Nov. 1 fell on... more »
  • Council budget hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon

    November 12, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro council members are getting ready to take a look at next year's budget proposal. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden unveiled his 2016 budget proposal. The $880.4 million budget includes more money for safety agencies and a pay bump for government employees. On Thursday, Metro... more »
  • Experts expect cuts to state agencies before higher education

    November 3, 2015 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cuts for higher education and health care could roll out in three weeks. Governor Jindal's administration has vowed to close the latest budget hole before leaving office in early January. Jindal's plan to plug last year's budget deficit and the mid-year budget deficit will be presented to... more »
  • Incoming House speaker Ryan says he'll vote for budget pact

    October 28, 2015 9:53 AM

    WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Ryan - expected to be the next House speaker - says he'll vote for a bipartisan budget bill even though he thinks the process that produced the measure "stinks." A House vote is expected Wednesday on legislation that settles fights over defense and domestic spending, and federal... more »
  • Conservatives concede they can't block budget deal

    October 27, 2015 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Conservative Republicans in the House concede that there's not much they can do to stop a two-year budget deal that was agreed to by congressional leaders and the White House. In his final days as speaker, John Boehner is trying to get the measure approved, in order to... more »
  • Baton Rouge police seek $10.6M in additional funds in 2016

    October 19, 2015 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Police Department's 2016 budget request includes money to buy hundreds of new vehicles to replace aging, high-mileage cars and motorcycles. Government departments and agencies recently submitted their lists of budgetary needs for next year from the East Baton Rouge Parish government. The Police Department, which... more »
  • Tangipahoa Parish president presents 2016 budget

    October 14, 2015 7:58 AM

    AMITE- A $44.5 million operating and capital outlay budget for 2016 has been introduced to the Tangipahoa Parish Council. Director of Finance Jeff McKneely said that the proposed budget submitted by outgoing Parish President Gordon Burgess is a "roll forward" proposition that anticipates no increases or decreases in revenues or... more »
  • Education leaders call for reinstating funding

    October 9, 2015 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A panel of college leaders says Louisiana will fall further behind if it fails to shift its priorities and restore financial support for higher education. At the same time, the leaders say the state, particularly Baton Rouge, is well-suited to spur future economic growth if it can substantially... more »
  • Governor candidates say tax break cuts would help budget

    October 8, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Three top contenders in the governor's race, meeting in an evening debate, said they'd scale back tax breaks to dig Louisiana out of its recurring budget troubles. Only Republican Jay Dardenne, the state's lieutenant governor, said he'd consider an income tax hike on residents - and he said... more »
  • Pointe Coupee jail plans to implement monitoring system for juveniles

    October 7, 2015 7:50 AM

    POINTE COUPEE- The Pointe Coupee Parish jail is implementing a new system to save money on housing juvenile offenders. It will now use tracking devices to keep track of the non-violent juvenile offenders. The parish does not have the facilities or resources to house juveniles. They're currently spending about $180... more »
  • Baton Rouge courts have thousands of no-shows check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 30, 2015 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of people are not showing up in Baton Rouge City Court to face the music. There are 106,000 outstanding misdemeanor warrants with a potential $4 million in unpaid fees according to the City Court Clerk's office. City Constable Reginald Brown said he requested over $500,000 in... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on the state budget deficit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 30, 2015 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state budget deficit is looming over lawmakers' heads. A key economist with the state has already told residents to expect cuts before the end of the year. Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In Wednesday morning to explain the state's financial predicament. "We're spending more money than... more »
  • Pointe Coupee Parish struggles to finance the jail

    September 28, 2015 7:36 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - Pointe Coupee parish is under fire after an audit shows there's hole by almost a million dollars. "The tax that supports the actually jail is only bringing in a 192,000 dollars so the amount of prisoners that we're housing and the operations itself on the police... more »
  • Tax credit usage helped cause last year's expected deficit

    September 25, 2015 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's expected deficit for last year is driven at least partially by people and businesses cashing in on more tax refunds and credits than anticipated. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, the governor's chief budget adviser, said Friday it's likely the state closed the books on the... more »
  • Lawmakers want budget transparency from Jindal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 24, 2015 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers want to know why the governor will not tell them how much money the state overspent last fiscal year. They want transparency from Governor Jindal's administration. "Well it puts us in a bind trying to make the proper adjustments," said Sen. Dan Claitor(R-Baton Rouge). A... more »
  • Democratic-led filibuster stalls stopgap funding measure

    September 24, 2015 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked an effort by GOP leaders to keep the government open over GOP efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of its taxpayer funding. The measure failed on a 47-52 vote, failing to win a majority of the Senate, much less the 60 votes required to overcome... more »
  • Louisiana ended most recent budget year with a deficit

    September 23, 2015 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is quietly notifying legislative leaders that Louisiana closed the books on the last budget year with a deficit, but the administration isn't saying publicly how deep the problem is. The announcement of the deficit's size is expected in mid-October, when details are... more »
  • $80M in new construction work approved by state officials

    September 17, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has won approval for $80 million in state construction plans, using all available spending capacity for the budget year before the governor exits office in January. The State Bond Commission, which must sign off on construction spending, agreed to the plans without... more »
  • State sales tax expansion possible

    September 16, 2015 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's talk around the Capitol of expanding a state sales tax for everyday items. Under the Louisiana's constitution things like groceries, gasoline, prescription drugs, and residential electric bills are exempt from a state sales tax. "Those are some of the most stable and consistent purchases consumers make,"... more »
  • US budget deficit drops to $64.4 billion in August

    September 11, 2015 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal government ran up a much smaller budget deficit in August than a year ago, remaining on track to record the smallest annual deficit in eight years. The Treasury Department says the deficit in August totaled $64.4 billion, a drop of 50 percent from the same... more »
  • La. colleges owed $15M from racing commission, audit says check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 24, 2015 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says higher education, which has struggled with budget cuts, has been shortchanged more than $15 million it was owed from the Louisiana State Racing Commission. The Legislative Auditor's Office says the money should have been paid from a slice of the license fee on... more »
  • Next year's state budget shortfall projected at $713M

    August 14, 2015 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Only two months from a difficult budget-balancing session, state lawmakers have gotten their first official glimpse of the shortfall they already face for next year: $713 million. News Friday of a horizon filled with future budget gaps wasn't unexpected for the Legislature's joint budget committee. This year's... more »
  • LSU sets fundraising record with $193 million

    August 4, 2015 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- In the past year, LSU has shattered several major fundraising records. University leaders say money will help the school grow and improve programs even as state funding remains relatively stagnant. Faced with the possibility of potentially catastrophic cuts to its state funding, LSU managed to take in $193... more »
  • Pointe Coupee superintendent brings change, saves money

    July 27, 2015 8:38 AM

    NEW ROADS- Pointe Coupee Parish School Board members say newly hired Superintendent Kevin Lemoine has shaved off nearly $1.3 million in expenditures from the 2015-16 proposed $22.2 million budget. Board members rejected a previous spending plan, primarily from former superintendent Linda D'Amico, which included a projected deficit of nearly $630,000... more »
  • Dardenne to Jindal: End state spending on campaign travel check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 23, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican running for governor, wants taxpayers to stop footing the bill for costs associated with Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign travel. Dardenne released a letter Thursday calling on Jindal to use campaign cash to reimburse Louisiana State Police for travel costs... more »
  • Oil prices remain below state budget estimate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 22, 2015 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Oil prices dropped below $50 a barrel Wednesday, which is good news for drivers but bad for Louisiana's state budget. The state estimated oil prices to average $61 a barrel for the year. For every dollar it drops below that, Louisiana loses around $12 million. That's money... more »
  • East Feliciana Middle gets ready for school year by cleaning up check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 16, 2015 6:13 PM

    CLINTON - School officials are gearing up for the upcoming school year by making sure the halls and classrooms are clean. Schools Superintendent Carlos Sam told News Two a private maintenance company was hired to clean up East Feliciana Middle School. Over the summer, the school hosted kids... more »
  • Lawmakers could lose business group's support for tax votes

    July 14, 2015 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax votes that lawmakers took to balance this year's budget may cost them the support of the state's leading business lobbying group in the fall elections. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry released its legislative scorecard Tuesday, grading the performance of lawmakers based on specific votes... more »
  • BRPD wants $1 million for new cars check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 13, 2015 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police say many of their cars are old and safety is a concern. So Baton Rouge police want $1 million for 35 new cruisers. In all they have 300 marked cars, some of them are 9 years old. "We are required to replace the vehicles every five... more »
  • Jindal admin: Negative credit outlook likely won't change check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 8, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Jindal administration's top financial adviser expects Louisiana to keep its negative credit outlook when its rating is updated later this summer. Department of Administration Commissioner Kristy Nichols says the state will likely have a negative credit outlook until a new governor is elected. In a few... more »
  • New radio ad highlights tax votes of state lawmakers

    July 7, 2015 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new radio ad launching from an anti-tax organization is targeting state lawmakers who supported tax hikes and lessened tax breaks to balance this year's budget. The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity is spending $60,000 for the advertising that begins statewide Tuesday. The organization is coupling it... more »
  • New Pointe Coupee superintendent sets ambitious agenda

    July 6, 2015 8:02 AM

    NEW ROADS- In his first week as Pointe Coupee Parish's new school superintendent, Kevin Lemoine has already toured all five of the district's campuses, met with principals and key staff and started crunching numbers for the district's next fiscal year budget. Lemoine's agenda for his first year as superintendent includes... more »
  • VA says it faces $2.5B budget shortfall

    June 25, 2015 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it faces a budget shortfall of more than $2.5 billion, mainly because of increased demand by veterans for health care, including new life-saving treatments for Hepatitis C. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson tells a House committee VA health care sites experienced a... more »
  • Funding for LSU lakes project shaky at best

    June 18, 2015 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A plan to revitalize the Baton Rouge lakes that is expected to cost as much as $40 million could receive just $3 million in state construction funds this year, with even that amount not guaranteed to materialize. The lake restoration plan is included in the final capital... more »
  • Tax committee chairman: Lawmakers handled budget responsibly

    June 15, 2015 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The chairman of the state House tax committee says lawmakers shouldn't have trouble defending tax votes they took in the just-ended legislative session. Rep. Joel Robideaux, a Lafayette Republican, said Monday the decisions made by lawmakers helped protect public health care services and higher education. Lawmakers raised taxes... more »
  • Budget deal made by lawmakers has short-term fixes, patches check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 12, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A day after lawmakers passed a $24 billion budget in a frenzied end to the legislative session, financial analysts were sifting through the tax bills expected to finance it to make sure the numbers add up. Higher education leaders were celebrating Friday an escape from deep cuts.... more »
  • Final decisions on budget awaited on last day of session

    June 11, 2015 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have reached the last day of their legislative session, still trying to strike a final deal on next year's budget and the tax plans to finance it. Work must end by 6 p.m. Thursday. Legislative leaders say the House and Senate have largely agreed on how... more »
  • Lawmakers enter the final day of session check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thursday is the final day for state lawmakers to get work done at the Capitol. It's the last day of the legislative session, and after two months the budget is still a hot topic. The Senate passed a budget earlier this week, but the House rejected it.... more »
  • Jindal veto threat puts $282M for Louisiana colleges at risk

    June 10, 2015 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public colleges could face a budget cut of $282 million if Gov. Bobby Jindal carries through on a threat to veto some tax changes lawmakers proposed to balance next year's spending plans. That's according to Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Hammond Republican, who circulated that information Wednesday... more »
  • House rejects Senate changes to budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 10, 2015 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the clock winding down on the Louisiana legislative session, lawmakers in the state House voted to reject the Senate's changes to the $24 billion budget bill and send it to a conference committee to hash out the final details. The House and Senate have been... more »
  • 'Snakes' in the Capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 9, 2015 8:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The session is nearly over which means special groups known as conference committees begin to form. Those are special committees where important bills go to get hashed out, but can also be the catalyst for legislative mischief. "This is the time of the year when the 'snakes'... more »
  • Budget deal tricky to reach in final days of lawmakers' work

    June 9, 2015 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Now that the House and Senate have passed strikingly different packages of budget-balancing plans, negotiations move behind closed doors as legislative leaders try to strike a deal. The biggest stumbling block isn't necessarily the proposed spending plans or tax hikes. One of the largest disputes is whether... more »
  • La. Senate approves $24.5B budget proposal for next year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 8, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the legislative session in its final days, lawmakers are trying to cobble together a deal on budget and taxes that would protect colleges and public health services. The Senate on Monday approved its version of next year's $24.5 billion budget, which contains at least $200 million... more »
  • Veto session possible check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 5, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Not once in modern history has a Louisiana governor vetoed the budget, but that might happen if lawmakers aren't willing to play ball. Governor Bobby Jindal has said he's willing to veto the budget if lawmakers don't give him the tax breaks he wants to offset the... more »
  • La. Senate starts approving tax bills for next year's budget

    June 5, 2015 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have started passing tax bills to help raise new dollars for next year's budget. With a 28-7 vote Friday, the Senate agreed to temporarily suspend a 1-cent state sales tax exemption on the purchase of electricity, steam and water for utilities by businesses. The suspension would... more »
  • Senators boost judicial budget by $3.5 million next year

    June 5, 2015 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators are backing a $3.5 million increase next year to the budget that finances the Louisiana Supreme Court and other parts of the state judiciary. Though lawmakers have been struggling to fill financial gaps, the Senate Finance Committee disagreed with the House decision to provide a standstill... more »
  • Cost control for TOPS program headed to Jindal for decision

    June 3, 2015 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will decide whether to place new spending restrictions on the TOPS free college tuition program. With a 28-6 vote Wednesday, the Louisiana Senate gave final legislative passage to the bill. The Republican governor opposed the cost-control measure, but his office hasn't answered questions of... more »
  • Port Allen budget calls for pay raises, body cameras

    June 3, 2015 9:36 AM

    PORT ALLEN- Port Allen leaders are considering an $8.4 million proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The budget includes funds for the purchase of body cameras for Port Allen police and a 4 percent across-the-board pay raise for full-time employees. The budget proposal, which is approximately $1 million less... more »
  • House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits

    June 2, 2015 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A GOP-controlled House panel has approved using $37 billion in unrequested war money to match President Barack Obama's 7 percent budget boost for the military. This, over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment. The move came as... more »
  • Bills would steer money to road projects

    June 1, 2015 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A package of bills aimed at steering more money to road repairs and bridge work across Louisiana is edging nearer to final legislative passage. The proposals by Sen. Robert Adley, the Senate transportation committee chairman, are an effort to chip away at the state's $12 billion... more »
  • Budget, movies, taxes on Monday's session agenda

    June 1, 2015 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state budget is a top priority at the Capitol Monday. The Senate Finance Committee was in session on Saturday trying to get some work done on the state budget. The state is in a $1.2 billion hole. So far, lawmakers have managed to close the gap... more »
  • Health care services sought from senators working on budget

    May 30, 2015 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health care topped the list of requests from people who asked senators to include their needs in Louisiana's $24 billion budget for next year. With money tight and cuts on the horizon, the wants far outweigh the dollars available as the Senate Finance Committee held public testimony... more »
  • Jindal's tax rules limit budget options for state lawmakers

    May 29, 2015 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers struggling to balance next year's budget and avoid deep cuts to colleges and health services are trying to follow a complicated set of rules set by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal won't support any tax changes he - or national anti-tax activist Grover Norquist - considers a... more »
  • Proposals would boost fees on Louisiana drivers, car buyers

    May 28, 2015 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's motorists could be hit with hefty fee hikes, if budget-balancing proposals under consideration by state legislators become law. Senators have attached a $60 million fee increase on two different House bills that would have drivers paying $50 more in title fees when they buy a car.... more »
  • House unanimously agrees to overstuffed construction budget

    May 28, 2015 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An overloaded state construction budget that will leave the governor choosing which projects advance is headed to the Senate for debate after getting unanimous House support. The budget - known as the capital outlay bill - contains about $330 million more in projects for the 2015-16 fiscal... more »
  • Construction budget jammed with more projects than money

    May 26, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have started advancing Louisiana's multibillion-dollar state construction budget for next year. But just because projects are in the budget bill doesn't necessarily mean they'll get money in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted an overloaded construction budget proposal with $258 million... more »
  • At least $163M in gaps identified in House-approved budget

    May 25, 2015 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state senators have started digging into the details of the House version of next year's budget, with holes mainly in the public health care budget that provides services for the poor and uninsured. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, the governor's chief budget adviser, says the House-approved budget... more »
  • Louisiana House passes $24B budget proposal for next year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 21, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to a more than $24 billion budget proposal for next year that contains fewer cuts than lawmakers had feared but still leaves some public health care programs short. Lawmakers voted 65-37 Thursday for the spending plan to finance government operations in the... more »
  • Louisiana House to complete budget work on Thursday

    May 21, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House is expected to finish its work on next year's $24 billion budget Thursday. Lawmakers have spent the last few days deciding what programs to cut. Healthcare is likely to take the brunt of the reductions, as lawmakers hurry to protect public colleges and universities.... more »
  • Session update: Representative Kenneth Havard check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 20, 2015 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- There are less than four weeks left in the legislative session and lawmakers are still trying to fill the budget gap. This morning Representative Kenneth Havard stopped by 2une in to give News 2's Kylie Dixon an update on what lawmakers have been discussing so far. "There... more »
  • Bill to rebalance this year's budget heads to House floor

    May 19, 2015 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers have started work on rebalancing this year's budget, advancing a bill to plug health care and education gaps with money from an improved state income forecast. The Appropriations Committee approved several financial measures Tuesday to close this year's shortfalls and to use patchwork dollars to... more »
  • Senators sail through tax bills

    May 18, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators sailed through 11 House-approved tax changes Monday that would raise $615 million dollars and save state colleges from devastating cuts. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee offered no amendments or objections to the bills, preferring to send them to the Senate Finance Committee next week. ... more »
  • Constitutional protections kept in place on budget

    May 18, 2015 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have spurned a proposal to lift constitutional protections that keep an array of specially created funds shielded from budget cuts. State Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, said when the state faces deep financial problems, all options for reworking state spending should be available to lawmakers.... more »
  • Analysis: Jindal's presidential motivations

    May 15, 2015 9:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Almost anyone who follows politics assumes Governor Jindal will run for president. Some are calling it "the worst kept secret in Louisiana." Jindal's staff has said the governor will announce whether or not he's running after Louisiana's legislative session ends in June. However, his chances of winning... more »
  • Analysis: Jindal's presidential motivations

    May 15, 2015 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Almost anyone who follows politics assumes Governor Jindal will run for president. Some are calling it "the worst kept secret in Louisiana." Jindal's staff has said the governor will announce whether or not he's running after Louisiana's legislative session ends in June. However, his chances of winning... more »
  • Baker officials brace themselves to balance upcoming budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 15, 2015 4:47 PM

    BAKER - City officials are prepping to balance this year's upcoming 2015-2016 budget. Chief of Police Mike Knapps said he submitted his budget to the city for approval. He wants to fill two officer positions which have been vacant since last year. "It's very, very important that this... more »
  • Jindal's tobacco settlement sale proposal hits resistance

    May 15, 2015 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to sell Louisiana's remaining share of a massive tobacco settlement to help generate a few years of short-term cash has stalled. Treasurer John Kennedy refused to put it on the State Bond Commission agenda, though commission approval is needed for a sale. Legislative... more »
  • Budget gets a boost from improved state revenue forecast

    May 14, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have more money to close budget shortfalls after the state income estimating panel added nearly $179 million to two years of financial forecasts. The Revenue Estimating Conference made the changes Thursday, boosting the state general fund forecast for this year by more than $99 million and... more »
  • US records biggest budget surplus in 7 years

    May 12, 2015 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department says a flood of tax payments pushed government receipts up to an all-time high in April and left the country with the largest monthly budget surplus in seven years. The department's budget report put the April surplus at $156.7 billion, up from a surplus of... more »
  • Gonzales council passes new budgets unanimously

    May 12, 2015 7:28 AM

    GONZALES- The Gonzales City Council has passed its 2015-16 general fund and capital outlay budgets unanimously in marked contrast to last year's six-month budget fight between two factions of the council. The $10.6 million capital outlay budget approved Monday will be funding some $3 million in road projects, $1 million... more »
  • Senate agrees to possibly relinquish authority over tuition check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 11, 2015 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have agreed to let public colleges raise their own tuition rates without needing legislative approval. But that authority only would come if a separate proposal to put cost controls on the TOPS free college tuition program also gains passage. The Senate voted 33-4 Monday... more »
  • Audit: State contracts out of control check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 11, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An audit by the Legislative Auditor found that the state has nearly 15,000 contracts worth $21.3 billion and there's no way to keep track of them. State Treasurer John Kennedy says 4,600 of the contracts are not even cataloged in the registry and could be "back-door"... more »
  • Colleges fully funded in reworked state budget proposal Play Video

    May 11, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers on the House budget committee have poured all the money expected from a series of House-backed tax changes into keeping Louisiana's public colleges free of cuts next year. The Appropriations Committee then used the remaining dollars available to close some gaps in health care services in... more »
  • Jindal continues to call for revenue neutral budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2015 7:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At an informal meeting with reporters on Friday before leaving the state, Governor Bobby Jindal evaded specific questions about about tax credit rollbacks and repeated a general statement he gave Thursday after the state House approved millions of dollars in tax changes. "Any tax credit where... more »
  • Budget decisions ahead after House tax votes: Where to cut?

    May 8, 2015 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the House's first round of tax votes done, lawmakers are deciding how to spend the $670 million that would be generated - and whether the House should pass more tax changes. The House Appropriations Committee will craft its version of next year's budget Monday, plugging in... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on budget issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2015 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The budget battle is heating up today at the Capitol. Lawmakers are expecting a long debate as they consider a dozen tax changes in the hopes of getting more money to balance next year's budget. State Treasurer, John Kennedy talked to News 2's John Pastorek about what the... more »
  • Film tax credit fight nears check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2015 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden made an impassioned defense of the state film tax credit at a press conference that unveiled more films to be shot in Baton Rouge. "This industry is too important to shut the door on people who need jobs, can do these jobs, and can... more »
  • Welcome center may be sold to fill general fund budget gap check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2015 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Center Park Welcome Center may be on the chopping block as state leaders look to ditch properties that aren't being used as much as they should be. "The welcome center is a great facility that just isn't being utilized enough to justify the expense for... more »
  • Louisiana borrows $335M to continue construction projects

    May 6, 2015 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite budget question marks and the collapse of a recent LSU bond sale, Louisiana has borrowed $335 million without problems. The state sold general obligation bonds Wednesday to low bidder Wells Fargo Bank. The Bond Commission agreed to the sale without objection, with the money slated to... more »
  • Tax hikes for roadwork begin advancing in Louisiana House

    May 5, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers tired of pothole-riddled roads, traffic congestion and a never-addressed wish list of transportation projects are considering tax hikes to raise money for roadwork. The House Ways and Means Committee approved two proposals Tuesday that could pour billions into road and bridge improvements over the next decade:... more »
  • Baker makes DMV changes to avoid possible cuts

    May 4, 2015 7:45 PM

    BAKER - The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Baker should be considerably shorter after the city pushed the state for change. The DMV baker office is now being runned by a private company that owns Express OMV along with two other locations in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs.... more »
  • 5 higher education institutions put on negative credit watch check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 1, 2015 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the threat of deep budget cuts looming, national credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has placed five Louisiana higher education institutions on a negative credit watch. The move effectively cautions investors that ratings could be lowered in the near future. S&P's decision affects Nicholls State University,... more »
  • House lawmakers proposing changes to construction budgeting

    May 1, 2015 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Year after year, lawmakers pack so many projects into Louisiana's construction budget that it leaves the governor to choose the favored ones. Frustrated House members wanting more control over how the state prioritizes its construction spending are trying to change that. The state construction budget passed by... more »
  • Hundreds of LSU students march to protest budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 30, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of LSU students holding signs and wearing school colors marched to the steps of the Capitol Thursday to protest against further cuts to higher education. The rally was organized through social media and called on students to show up to make lawmakers see who would... more »
  • Budget-balancing deal has yet to take shape in Legislature

    April 30, 2015 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers remain undecided on an approach for closing next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, so the House tax committee has advanced a menu of options that could become the building blocks of a budget-balancing deal. The Ways and Means Committee sent to the House floor a cigarette tax... more »

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