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  • 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 »
  • Proposals to cap La. film tax credit program move forward

    April 28, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A trio of proposals to trim Louisiana's generous film tax credit program have won the backing of the House tax committee, as it looks for ways to help balance next year's budget. The House Ways and Means Committee sent to the full House three different cap levels... more »
  • Tobacco tax increase bill gets House committee backing

    April 27, 2015 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to raise Louisiana's cigarette tax to match the rate charged by Mississippi has won approval from the House tax committee, as part of broader budget-balancing negotiations. The bill was a smaller tax hike than health advocates wanted. But Rep. Harold Ritchie agreed to the change,... more »
  • Hospitals offer to share in cost of La. Medicaid expansion

    April 27, 2015 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana struggles with budget troubles, private hospitals are offering lawmakers a way to draw down more federal health care dollars for patient care. But that's only if the money is used to expand coverage through the Medicaid program. The proposal was developed by the Louisiana Hospital... more »
  • LSU exploring bankruptcy options, not there yet

    April 24, 2015 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU spokesperson said Friday that LSU has taken several steps to prepare for the possible budget fallout from the legislative session, but they've not actually taken the step of filing for academic bankruptcy yet. LSU released a statement from LSU Board Chair Ann Duplessis to... more »
  • Jindal says he'd veto budget tied to tax break suspensions

    April 23, 2015 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't support any legislative effort to temporarily suspend tax breaks to drum up quick cash to patch together next year's budget. The Republican governor said Thursday he's told lawmakers that he would consider the move a tax increase and he would veto... more »
  • LSU's credit outlook lowered

    April 23, 2015 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The financial situation at Louisiana's flagship university continues to get worse. Moody's Investor Service has lowered LSU's credit outlook. State treasurer, John Kennedy, says the move is due largely in part to slash state funding. This is just the most recent blow to higher education schools across... more »
  • Southern University at the Capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 22, 2015 7:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Today at the Capitol talks will continue about the budget and potential cuts to higher education. Lawmakers will talk about allowing state colleges and universities to set their own tuition, and possibly changing the eligibility requirements for TOPS scholarships. All of these proposals have the same goal in... more »
  • VA chief calls House budget proposal 'inadequate'

    April 21, 2015 4:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says a House subcommittee's plan to cut the VA's budget by more than $1.4 billion next year will "cause veterans to suffer." Testifying at a Senate hearing Tuesday, McDonald said a spending plan approved by a House Appropriations subcommittee on veterans affairs was... more »
  • 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 »
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    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 »

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