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  • Budget work gets derailed at Capitol

    April 20, 2015 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to start moving the pieces of a budget-balancing package of tax changes this week got derailed Monday. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider a bill by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, that would repeal a local property tax on inventory. The repeal... more »
  • Briefs from today's Louisiana Legislature session

    April 20, 2015 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation aimed at limiting diversions of state gasoline tax money away from road work started moving Monday in the state House. Without objection, the House Appropriations Committee approved a measure (House Bill 208) by Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, that would place a cap on the dollars... more »
  • PAR calls for less budget magic tricks, more long-term solutions

    April 17, 2015 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Public Affairs Research Council issued a report Friday which compared Governor Bobby Jindal's plans to close a $1.6 billion budget hole to magic tricks, and warned that the reality could be much worse for hospitals and higher education than previously predicted. "Just about everyone knew... more »
  • Public talks budget at the Capitol

    April 15, 2015 8:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Discussions on the budget will continue at the capitol today as day three of the legislative session gets underway. Several education items are also on the senate committee's agenda. Yesterday, the public got a chance to weigh in on the current financial fiasco that's facing the state.... more »
  • Public gets its turn to outline budget concerns to lawmakers

    April 14, 2015 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care services are urging lawmakers to reverse cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to balance next year's budget. Parents of disabled children on waiting lists for at-home care, leaders of community clinics that rely on state financing and hospitals... more »
  • LSU applying pressure to stem higher ed cuts

    April 13, 2015 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU President F. King Alexander continued his full-court press to prevent crippling cuts to higher education as the legislative session got underway. Alexander sent an email Monday morning detailing the university's goals during the session to LSU alumni and those following the school's funding fight. ... more »
  • Lawmakers to tackle budget, controversial issues in session

    April 13, 2015 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers slogged through rainy traffic and higher security to gavel in what's going to be a crucial legislative session in Louisiana. Legislators must figure out how to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole which threatens to hobble or even cripple higher education and healthcare in the... more »
  • La. film industry in court spotlight amid budget crunch

    April 11, 2015 12:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A tax credit program lauded for turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South" but lamented for its cost to a cash-strapped state government is at the center of a federal trial opening in New Orleans. The defendants are two film industry executives and a New Orleans attorney accused of... more »
  • Lawmakers unable to alleviate higher education woes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 8, 2015 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers had lots of questions for leaders of the state's higher education institutions, but offered few suggestions to cope with potentially crippling cuts. In a unanimous voice, leaders of state run universities and junior colleges begged lawmakers to spare them from devastating cuts proposed in the next... more »
  • White says Jindal budget guts student testing

    April 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent asked lawmakers to add money to his budget for standardized testing next year. Superintendent John White says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to strip $23 million from his agency's main office operations would damage the state's ability to measure student performance. White told the House... more »
  • Dardenne not ready to reveal higher education plan check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 6, 2015 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne chose his former junior high school, Westdale Middle in Baton Rouge, as the place to launch a statewide announcement tour for his gubernatorial campaign. Dardenne is one of three Republicans in the race along with Sen. David Vitter and Scott Angelle. State... more »
  • $335M borrowing plan approved for state-funded construction check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 2, 2015 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will borrow $335 million next month to replenish its construction project fund and keep the money from running dry in June. The State Bond Commission agreed to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection. The bond sale will keep work humming on state-financed construction projects through February.... more »
  • Southern University System files late financial report

    March 30, 2015 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Auditors had trouble collecting the information needed to review the Southern University System's books for the last budget year. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says the university system filed its annual financial report with the state two months late. And the auditor's office says the financial report that... more »
  • GOP-controlled House oks balanced budget plan

    March 25, 2015 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has approved a budget blueprint that projects balance by the end of the decade and includes trillions of dollars in savings from benefit programs. The vote in favor of the plan was 228-199. The blueprint itself is non-binding, but sets Republicans on a path to... more »
  • Louisiana Board of Regents commissioner talks budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 25, 2015 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The presidents of LSU and Southern University have already expressed they're extremely worried about what massive budget cuts will do to higher education in Louisiana. This morning, the Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Joseph Rallo, stopped by 2une In to talk about how he's approaching the... more »
  • GOP moves ahead on budget plans; eyes Obamacare repeal bill

    March 24, 2015 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate Republicans are moving toward likely approval of balanced budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out the five-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade. Obama is all but certain to veto the legislation... more »
  • LSU president issues dire warning about cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 23, 2015 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU President F. King Alexander painted a grim picture at the Baton Rouge Press Club as he described what the worst-case budget scenario for higher education looked like. He said under the proposed budget LSU is facing an 70 percent cut, a reduction from $110 million... more »
  • Financial adviser: Louisiana moving nearer to its debt cap

    March 19, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's financial adviser is warning that the state is edging closer to its debt ceiling and will need to tightly manage construction spending to stay under the cap. Lamont Financial Services Corp. provided an update Thursday to the State Bond Commission about the state's debt load. Gov.... more »
  • Companies suggest privatizing lottery to fix budget issues

    March 18, 2015 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy warned lawmakers this week, the state might have to resort to selling the lottery as it looks to fill a $1.6 billion budget hole in the upcoming budget. Sources contend the lottery could be sold for fast cash but the governor's office... more »
  • La. elected officials say Jindal budget leaves service gaps

    March 18, 2015 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Secretary of State Tom Schedler says the governor's spending proposal for the upcoming budget year doesn't include money to pay for Louisiana to hold a presidential primary. Schedler told the House Appropriations Committee that Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget also would force him to shutter his voter outreach division... more »
  • Legislative hearings open on Jindal's $24.6B budget proposal

    March 17, 2015 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget committee has started its hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.6 billion spending plan recommended for next year. Lawmakers are looking for ways to close a $1.6 billion budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid deep cuts to colleges and... more »
  • Legislative hearings open on Jindal's budget proposal

    March 17, 2015 3:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget committee is starting its hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.6 billion spending plan recommended for next year. Lawmakers are looking for ways to close a $1.6 billion budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid deep cuts to colleges and... more »
  • GOP to offer budget blueprint with Medicare, food stamp cuts

    March 16, 2015 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week. They're pledging to balance the nation's budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare. More pressing an issue for many Republicans, however, is easing automatic budget cuts set... more »
  • Jindal's departments shield budget negotiations from public

    March 14, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A public records exemption pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal is keeping more budget documents hidden from public view, even as the state grapples with a massive $1.6 billion budget shortfall. Executive branch agencies are claiming the exemption to hide their working papers of where and how they'd... more »
  • La. Budget Project wants deeper cuts for film tax credits check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 4, 2015 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Budget Project wants to triple the cap being proposed for the film industry's tax credit program. LBP Director Jan Moller said the cap should be $100 to $150 million at most, without the option to roll over unused credits to the next year. Moller is... more »
  • Task force recommends gas tax change

    March 4, 2015 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A transportation funding task force recommended Wednesday that an existing Louisiana state gas tax could get a boost to help deal with budget shortfalls in the state. The task force recommended that the existing tax be tied to the consumer price index. Lawmakers said that would... more »
  • LHA: Jindal budget threatens state's infants

    March 4, 2015 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hospital administrators in Louisiana voiced concerns Wednesday that the Jindal administration's proposed budget could put the state's most fragile citizens at risk. The Louisiana Hospital Association said Wednesday the proposed budget could lead to much deeper health care cuts than originally advertised, and would put infants... more »
  • John Kennedy talks proposed state budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 4, 2015 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state budget crisis is a hot topic these days. State Treasurer John Kennedy joined 2une In this morning to give his take on Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed budget, who's to blame and how he proposes to fix it. Higher education is facing $141 million in... more »
  • Looming budget cuts force LSU to delay construction on athlete center

    March 3, 2015 11:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU announced late Tuesday, it was delaying construction of its new Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center. Construction was set to begin in April on the $12 million facility near the old Box. Funding for the project has already been secured through donations but university officials said with... more »
  • Business groups oppose Jindal plan to scale back tax credits

    March 3, 2015 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's business lobbying groups are calling a centerpiece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year a multimillion-dollar tax hike on business. Jindal wants to lessen spending on refundable tax credits, in which the state pays out more than the taxes owed. He proposes to use... more »
  • La. hospital operators say Jindal budget leaves them short

    March 3, 2015 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has built a $1.1 billion hospital to care for the poor and uninsured in New Orleans. But the manager of the soon-to-be-opened medical center says Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget leaves it millions short of the operating cash it needs. Private operators of hospitals previously run by... more »
  • Jindal budget links college financing to uncertain proposals

    March 2, 2015 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After months of worry that Louisiana's colleges would face steep cuts next year, campuses remain in a precarious position with the release of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget. Much of the funding Jindal proposes to pay for higher education, $372 million, is dependent on uncertain tax credit changes.... more »
  • Tax credits revised, higher ed cuts smaller in La. budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 27, 2015 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An overhaul of state tax credits, smaller cuts to higher education and the reduction of hundreds of state workers are all part of the Jindal administration's plan to fill a $1.6 billion budget hole. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols unveiled the proposed executive budget to lawmakers... more »
  • A look at Jindal's proposal to close the $1.6B budget gap

    February 27, 2015 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to close the gap with savings from lessened tax break spending, piecemeal financing and cuts across state agencies. Here's how Jindal proposes to address the shortfall: -Cap... more »
  • Special needs daycares fear upcoming budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 5:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - When Governor Bobby Jindal presents his budget Friday, special needs daycares will fear the worst with cuts looming. Pedia Trust in Denham Springs is one of 21 special needs daycares in Louisiana. They could all be forced to close if Jindal puts an ax to the... more »
  • Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

    February 26, 2015 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. Many House Republicans say they aren't ready to admit defeat and approve spending... more »
  • Report: State budget's biggest problem isn't oil

    February 25, 2015 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new report released by the Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office cast doubt Wednesday on the Jindal administration's claims that a massive budget gap is largely due to falling oil prices. The Fiscal Office's report says the upcoming year's budget deficit was pegged at $1.2 billion before... more »
  • GOP struggles for way out as Homeland shutdown looms

    February 24, 2015 2:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within days. With the agency's budget set to expire Friday at midnight without action by Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he... more »
  • LSU could cut 2,000 classes in fall check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 23, 2015 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- If Governor Jindal's proposed cuts to higher education go into affect, then LSU plans to lay off hundreds of instructors and cut 2,000 classes by next fall according to LSU System President King Alexander. The Jindal administration plans to reveal its budget plans Friday for the next... more »
  • Lawmakers say TOPS cuts not on the table

    February 23, 2015 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers said at a higher education conference in Baton Rouge Monday that cuts to the popular scholarship program TOPS are not on the table as the legislature prepares to grapple with a massive state budget deficit. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, Senate education chairman Conrad Appel and... more »
  • Governors to meet with Obama at the White House Monday

    February 23, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Many of the nation's Republican governors are blaming President Barack Obama for a budget standoff that threatens a potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown. They'll be able to make their case in person when they convene at the White House on Monday morning. The meeting comes days... more »
  • Budget impasse could harm states

    February 23, 2015 2:23 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is warning states that the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would harm the nation's ability to counter the extremist appeal of the Islamic State group within the U.S. and help communities struggling with winter snowstorms. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says... more »
  • Southern votes to combine chancellor, president check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2015 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Southern University System Board of Regents voted to combine the SUBR chancellor and system president's positions into a single job Friday. Only one board member voted against the merger, Rev. Joe Gant Jr. The move will save the university money and is... more »
  • Lawmakers support most of Jindal plan to close midyear gap

    February 20, 2015 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers complained, but didn't reverse $61 million in cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal levied across state agencies to close a midyear deficit. Members of the Legislature's joint budget committee raised objections Friday to reductions to state parks, agriculture programs and health care services. But they couldn't get... more »
  • Museums losing workers, hours under cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 18, 2015 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drastic mid-year cuts to the Secretary of State's Office will leave many iconic Louisiana landmarks open only a few days each week and lead to two dozen layoffs according to Secretary Tom Schedler. The Secretary of State's Office said Wednesday Schedler will ask for approval to... more »
  • Film makers: no tax credit, no movie business check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 16, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana movie makers say rolling-back the film industry's tax credit could kill the business. The Jindal administration wants to reduce tax exemptions to help with next years $1.6 billion budget deficit, and it's focusing on film makers. Higher education and health care are expected to take big... more »
  • LSU asks for budget input on new website

    February 13, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University launched a website Friday detailing the dire budget situation the school is facing and asked for help finding ways to save money. The budget site lays out LSU's proposed share of $383 million in higher education cuts being discussed among lawmakers and the... more »
  • Louisiana maintains current credit rating, escapes downgrade

    February 13, 2015 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has been spared a credit rating downgrade - for now. Two national rating agencies - Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's Rating Services - announced Friday they were keeping Louisiana at its current credit rating. But both moved the state from a "stable" to "negative"... more »
  • Health care services threatened with deep cuts next year

    February 13, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration looks to balance next year's budget, Louisiana's health care programs are threatened with even steeper cuts than the higher education slashing that has caused such worry. Cuts for services that take care of the poor, elderly and disabled could reach up to... more »
  • Louisiana officials try to keep state from credit downgrade

    February 11, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials, seeking to stave off a downgrade to Louisiana's credit rating, are asking a national rating agency to give Louisiana time to clean up its budget mess. Moody's Investors Service notified the state its rating committee will meet later this week to decide whether to drop... more »
  • Jindal to leave La.'s next governor with budget mess

    February 11, 2015 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Year after year, Louisiana didn't have enough money to cover its expenses, yet Gov. Bobby Jindal refused to roll back income tax cuts or ever-increasing corporate tax breaks. Instead, he raided reserve funds and sold off state property. Jindal suggested job growth from his economic development... more »
  • Hundreds agree to lobby lawmakers to swing ax elsewhere

    February 9, 2015 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 700 people have signed up to lobby lawmakers in some sort of fashion when they discuss how to deal with the state's $1.6 billion budget shortfall soon. Last week, the LSU Alumni Association created Tiger Advocates. Association president Cliff Vannoy said the group's first goal... more »
  • Audit: Workers' comp costs growing at La. state agencies

    February 9, 2015 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of workers' compensation claims filed by Louisiana state employees dropped significantly over the last eight years. But a legislative audit says workers' compensation costs for state agencies continued to increase. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office reviewed claims and costs for state employees from the 2006... more »
  • LSU outlines dire budget scenarios, layoffs and course cuts

    February 6, 2015 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Internal documents prepared by LSU leaders said deep budget reductions proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal would force widespread layoffs across LSU campuses, shutter academic programs and lessen the value of the degrees students obtain. LSU campuses from Shreveport to New Orleans were asked to explain how a... more »
  • Jindal administration releases mid-year cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration released their plans Friday to deal with a mid-year budget deficit of more than $103 million. The plan calls for $60.66 million in cuts from state agencies and includes $42.84 million in "revenue opportunities," mostly stopgap spending from state trust funds and one-time... more »
  • LSU lobbying group forms to battle higher ed cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 4, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU announced Wednesday that a group of alumni have formed a grassroots advocacy group to lobby legislators in Louisiana not to make further cuts to higher education in the upcoming legislative session. The group, called Tiger Advocates, is sponsored by the LSU Alumni Association. Association president... more »
  • Lawmaker's push for special budget session falls short

    February 4, 2015 2:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Houma area lawmaker has given up on efforts to convene a special legislative session targeting Louisiana's ongoing budget troubles. Republican Rep. Joe Harrison said Wednesday he couldn't get enough support from his colleagues to call the 14-day special session that he sought in a January petition.... more »
  • Budget troubles slow Grambling State presidential search

    February 3, 2015 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's budget problems are making Grambling State University's presidential search more difficult. University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley released a letter from the search firm hired to recruit candidates that says the threat of deep budget cuts has stymied efforts to find a new Grambling leader.... more »
  • Coming Soon: Cuts to higher ed, but not TOPS check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 3, 2015 9:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All eyes are on the state budget shortfall as the Jindal Administration discusses making difficult cuts that will likely include major slashing to higher education. While the governor won't announce the budget until later this month, they want to address concerns about the TOPS Program. ... more »
  • Obama-GOP overlap? Public works, corporate taxes, defense

    February 3, 2015 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Some of the proposals in President Barack Obama's new budget address major concerns of the Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Republicans could find common ground on proposals to increase defense spending, upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure and fix the corporate tax system. Full agreement on any one of... more »
  • Moody's warns state credit rating may drop

    February 2, 2015 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy said Moody's Investors Service notified them that Louisiana's continuing budget problems could lead them to downgrade the state's credit rating from stable to negative. Kennedy said such a rating would make investors less willing to loan the state money and raise interest... more »
  • New food safety agency proposed

    February 2, 2015 10:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is proposing a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe. It would consolidate parts of the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration. The proposal in the president's budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illness linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts... more »
  • Obama says budget must balance economic, national security

    February 2, 2015 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is warning congressional Republicans he won't accept a spending plan that boosts national security at the expense of domestic programs for the middle class. Obama is discussing his $4 trillion budget proposal during a visit to the Homeland Security Department. Obama says he will not... more »
  • Obama sending $4 trillion spending plan to Congress

    February 2, 2015 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed during tough economic times. The budget being proposed Monday would also ease... more »
  • Deficit-closing plan from Gov. Jindal delayed to Feb.

    January 29, 2015 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has pushed back to mid-February the release of its proposal to close a $103 million budget deficit. Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish said Thursday that the proposal to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget will be presented to lawmakers at a Feb. 20... more »
  • Jindal quiet about higher ed cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 27, 2015 6:47 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Big cuts are on the way for higher education, but Governor Bobby Jindal isn't saying much about what those cuts will look like. "It's too early to speculate," said Jindal, "certainly the agencies are looking for every opportunity to be more efficient. Everything's on the table." Tuesday... more »
  • State lawmakers tight-lipped on spending cuts Play Video

    January 16, 2015 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State lawmakers are bracing for a hard hitting budget proposal from Governor Jindal's office next month. With an estimated $1.5 billion dollar hole in next years budget, legislators are left with some tough decisions. The governor already put higher-education on the chopping-block, proposing up to $300 million... more »
  • Baker city officials explore revenue options check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 16, 2015 6:23 PM

    BAKER - City officials met to discuss possible ways to help Baker's budget Friday. The two biggest options looked at were an increase in property taxes and an increase in sales taxes. Right now the current sales tax is 9.5 percent. The maximum the city can charge in... more »
  • Lawmakers approve partial raise for LSP check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 16, 2015 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Facing a deep budget deficit due to plunging oil prices, lawmakers on the state's joint budget committee approved a 20 percent raise for Louisiana State Police Friday. The vote was 37-8 in favor of the raise, which will affect almost 1,000 troopers starting Monday. It's short... more »
  • Trooper pay raise questioned amid state budget troubles

    January 16, 2015 3:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Lawmakers are questioning plans for a nearly $15 million pay raise for state police as Louisiana grapples with deep financial problems. The raise is up for consideration Friday by the joint House and Senate budget committee. Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, says... more »
  • Vitter pledges special legislative session on budget, taxes

    January 15, 2015 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says if he's elected governor this fall, he'd immediately call a special legislative session to address Louisiana's ongoing budget problems. The session, according to Thursday's announcement, would focus on: removing budget protections that leave public colleges and health services more vulnerable to cuts,... more »
  • Secretary of State warns of furloughs next week

    January 14, 2015 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Secretary of State's office said Wednesday that a proposed $3.8 million mid-year budget cut from the Jindal administration could force them to furlough employees starting as early as next week. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he's been given until Friday to figure out... more »
  • Cuts likely after utility rate hike veto check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 13, 2015 10:19 PM

    BAKER - For the third time Tuesday night, the Baker City Council voted down a proposal to raise water and sewer rates to off-set a budget deficit. Nearly a dozen residents spoke on the issue; some said they were concerned about how the money would be spent if the... more »
  • Fed sees foreign weakness as risk to US economy

    January 7, 2015 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policy-makers discussed various risks to the U.S. economy at their December meeting but concluded that the big drop in oil prices was likely to end up boosting growth. Minutes of the Fed's Dec. 16-17 meeting show that Fed officials believed weakness in the global economy posed... more »
  • State lawmaker wants special session on budget, taxes

    January 6, 2015 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker from the Houma area wants his colleagues to convene a special legislative session to tackle Louisiana's continuing budget problems. Republican Rep. Joe Harrison sent a petition Tuesday to House and Senate members, asking for support to call a 14-day special session starting March 30.... more »
  • Report says annexations put St. George in the red

    December 19, 2014 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A budget analysis for the proposed city of St. George commissioned by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Chamber says recent annexations have taken a $30 million chunk out of the proposed city's plans. The analysis from accounting firm Faulk and Winkler said they were asked... more »
  • Baton Rouge home to cheapest gas in USA

    December 18, 2014 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A price war between competing stations helped the price for a gallon of regular gasoline drop to $1.77 Thursday. This made it the second-lowest in the country. The only other city where a store was selling cheaper gas Thursday was in Oklahoma City for $1.68. Costco... more »
  • Cheap gas good for businesses, not for La. budget

    December 16, 2014 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For consumers and business owners falling gas prices mean more money in the bank, but the state's budget could take a hit. Local businesses like Billy Heroman's Flowers are benefiting from cheap gas prices. The florists deliver around 200 bouquets each day around Christmas using 35... more »

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