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  • No college sports, a distant reality Play Video

    February 12, 2016 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - University athletics are putting a lot of faith in state leaders to right the state budget gap. The state partially reinstated TOPS Friday , following a big scare to Louisiana students and their parents. Many in-state student athletes rely on TOPS. LSU baseball head Coach Paul... more »
  • Expert: TOPS situation shows need for other scholarships; tips for students here

    February 12, 2016 6:14 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Educators advise high school students to take a serious look at how they will pay for college outside of state assistance since TOPS funding could be suspended or decreased. In a 24-hour window this week, TOPS officials caused panic among students and parents of college-aged children when... more »
  • Louisiana governor's speech stokes fears, threatens football

    February 12, 2016 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hospitals shuttered. Hospice services and kidney dialysis treatments cut. Colleges closed mid-semester. And no football season for the LSU Tigers. Gov. John Bel Edwards outlined dire consequences to Louisiana residents in his statewide televised speech urging them to support tax hikes to close a massive budget gap.... more »
  • The governor's evening address: read it here Play Video

    February 11, 2016 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a 2,023 word address Thursday night, Governor John Bel Edwards attempted to sell Louisianans on higher taxes to fill the state's growing budget hole. The state is looking at a near $1 billion hole in the current fiscal year which will end this summer. The... more »
  • Kennedy suggests Gov. Edwards scaring people into supporting tax increase

    February 11, 2016 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy likened Governor John Bel Edwards' address on the budget to scare tactics to sell a tax proposal to fill a growing state budget deficit. "Governor Edwards is planning to implement the largest tax increase in Louisiana history," Kennedy said. "It will wreck... more »
  • Ryan, Republicans grapple with alternative to Obama budget

    February 10, 2016 3:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The new boss of the House is confronting the same tea party challenges as his predecessor. Speaker Paul Ryan is scrambling to avoid an embarrassing fiscal defeat this year in the face of a hard-right conservative revolt over last fall's spending-and-tax plan. The same conservatives who forced John... more »
  • State economist: La. entering recession Play Video

    February 10, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The economic outlook of the state took a dramatic, somber turn Wednesday morning when revenue estimators met at the capitol. The deficit for the current fiscal year grew to almost $1 billion. It had hovered around $750 million until Wednesday. The fiscal year ends at the... more »
  • Louisiana state revenue forecasts to be revised Wednesday

    February 10, 2016 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's income forecasting panel will soon set the official number for this year's budget deficit and next year's financial shortfall. The figures set Wednesday by the Revenue Estimating Conference will be the basis for tax negotiations in the upcoming special legislative session. The revised forecasts are expected to... more »
  • Ahead of special session, governor's site solicits budget ideas from voters

    February 8, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards' administration is seeking the advice of a different kind of expert in how to deal with the state's looming budget crisis. Monday, the state posted a special web page soliciting comments from Louisiana citizens. The site provides information on the governor's plan... more »
  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • Possible gas tax hike for road work Play Video

    February 3, 2016 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some lawmakers want you pay a little more at the pump to help fix the roads. There's no official proposal yet but a 10 cent bump has long been discussed. Currently, Louisiana has a 20 cent gas tax, the ninth lowest in the country. Nationally it's... more »
  • PAR wants cuts before taxes Play Video

    February 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A "good government" group wants Louisiana's leaders to get control of spending before they raise taxes. The Public Affairs Research (PAR) Council released a report where it lists specific cuts. A few of the proposed measures include: - Control increased spending for state workers' health... more »
  • Dardenne: La. budget woes too deep to fix without new money

    February 1, 2016 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief budget adviser pushed back against criticism that the Democratic governor has been too quick to propose tax hikes to balance Louisiana's budget. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, a Republican, said Monday that Louisiana's financial troubles are too deep to be corrected... more »
  • Thousands of disabled children could lose health services Play Video

    January 28, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kodi Wilson has a special way of talking to her son Braden. She runs her fingers through his blonde curls while he hums back at her. Braden can't talk or sit up or even grasp his mother's hand. He has a rare disorder known as Leigh's Disease... more »
  • DHH says cuts could be 'catastrophic' to Medicaid patients Play Video

    January 27, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals said on Wednesday that $131 million in cuts which could come from midyear budget negotiations could be "catastrophic" for those who rely on Medicaid. DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee said they submitted their plan Wednesday for how to spread the... more »
  • Thousands of state workers get raises despite budget gaps

    January 27, 2016 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At least $8 million in pay raises have been granted to thousands of Louisiana's state workers this budget year, despite the worst financial gaps the state has seen since 1988. The cost of those raises will grow to at least $15 million for the next budget... more »
  • Southern revises budget plans, says closures aren't in the picture Play Video

    January 26, 2016 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The morning after saying deep cuts to state funding could effectively close their doors, Southern University said that is not the case. SU Baton Rouge spokesperson Henry Tillman sent out a narrative Monday night which described the effects of a proposed 32 percent mid-year cut in... more »
  • Southern releases midyear budget cut details

    January 25, 2016 10:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plan released Monday night, Southern said worst-case-scenario budget cuts could effectively close the institution. Because of the dire budget situation in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards has asked state colleges and universities to submit proposals on cutting spending. The state currently faces a $750... more »
  • LSU releases plan for possible 32 percent budget cut Play Video

    January 25, 2016 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials with Louisiana State University released a list of possible cuts and savings in order to absorb a possible $65 million midyear budget cut, which represents 32 percent of its total state funding. University President F. King Alexander said LSU's share of the cuts alone, which... more »
  • Colleges asked to prepare for $131M possible cut this year Play Video

    January 22, 2016 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public colleges are being told to prepare for as much as a $131 million cut across campuses in the remaining five months of the state budget year. Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, asked for budget cut proposals in... more »
  • Gov. Edwards budget plan at odds with lawsuit settlement

    January 21, 2016 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposal to redirect Gulf oil spill recovery money to rebalance this year's budget appears to conflict with a legal settlement the state struck two years ago. The settlement was aimed at ending a lawsuit over Louisiana's "rainy day" fund. Edwards wants to... more »
  • Gov. Edwards' budget ideas unveiled, so negotiations begin

    January 20, 2016 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Reaction to Gov. John Bel Edwards' tax hike proposals for closing Louisiana's massive budget holes is mixed. Legislative leaders say they're encouraged by the broad array of options, but others are showing resistance to the ideas. The Democratic governor offered a "menu of options" that includes... more »
  • Education leaders meeting with Edwards over funding

    January 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards and education leaders from around Louisiana met at Governor's Mansion Wednesday to discuss how the ongoing budget crisis will impact colleges and universities. The meeting comes a day after Edwards proposed tax increases and budget changes to help get Louisiana back in... more »
  • Possible sales tax increase by April part of plan to balance budget

    January 19, 2016 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards proposed, among other things, a one-cent sales tax increase to help balance the budget. The plan was revealed at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Edwards discussed ways he plans to fill a $750 million shortfall in the current budget and a shortfall... more »
  • Lawmakers urged to raise state sales tax Play Video

    January 13, 2016 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers were told to face the music and raise the sales tax Wednesday. LSU professor Jim Richardson said it's one of the only ways to raise money immediately. Lawmakers have till June to raise $700-$750 million. Otherwise Medicaid, public schools and state colleges could run out... more »
  • Democrats chosen to lead Senate's budget and tax committees

    January 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate President John Alario has selected Democrats to lead the Senate committees dealing with taxes and the budget. Sen. Eric LaFleur, of Ville Platte, will work as chairman of the Finance Committee, which helps to craft the state's annual budget and will grapple with closing... more »
  • US budget deficit rose in December

    January 13, 2016 2:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal budget deficit increased in December and for the third month is running ahead of last year's pace. The Treasury Department says the deficit totaled $14.4 billion in December. That compares to a small surplus of $1.9 billion in December 2014. For the first three months of... more »
  • WATCH Governor-Elect Edwards talks possible tax increase

    January 4, 2016 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards gave some indication Monday about a possible plan to raise taxes to fill Louisiana's budget deficit. Specifically he would be in favor of eliminating some income tax deductions for individuals and corporations while lowering income taxes overall. Edwards said people would pay a... more »
  • Edwards readying ideas for session to start after Mardi Gras Play Video

    January 4, 2016 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards says in fewer than two weeks he'll release a "menu of options" for digging Louisiana out of its continuing budget troubles. Edwards said Monday proposals will include spending cuts, the draw-down of more federal money, expanded flexibility to cut protected budget areas... more »
  • Medicaid, TOPS, public schools all running out of money Play Video

    December 30, 2015 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's budget woes keep getting worse. Louisiana now has a $2.65 billion budget hole to be filled by June. Incoming Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced the sobering news Tuesday at LSU. "This is the clear view, the true picture for where we are today. It's... more »
  • Governor-elect's adviser warns of 'more dire' budget woes

    December 30, 2015 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards' administration is warning that Louisiana's budget woes are even worse than it had anticipated, with an estimated shortfall of up to $750 million that needs to be closed by the end of June. Jay Dardenne, Edwards' chief financial adviser, told reporters on... more »
  • House, Senate rush to send huge budget and tax deal to Obama

    December 18, 2015 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON- The House and Senate are rushing to send President Barack Obama a massive budget package that would fund the entire government through September 2016 and shower tax breaks on working families, businesses and a wide swath of special interests. Friday's vote promises to finish up a surprisingly productive, bipartisan... more »
  • Lawmakers vote to spend $28M from state 'rainy day' fund

    December 9, 2015 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have agreed to use $28.2 million from Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to help rebalance this year's budget. Ballots were tallied Wednesday morning. Thirty-eight of 39 senators voted to tap into the Budget Stabilization Fund, along with 87 of the 105 House members. That vote count... more »
  • Lawmakers vote to spend $28M from state 'rainy day' fund

    December 9, 2015 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have agreed to use $28.2 million from Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to help rebalance this year's budget. Ballots were tallied Wednesday morning. Thirty-eight of 39 senators voted to tap into the Budget Stabilization Fund, along with 87 of the 105 House members. That vote count... more »
  • Council approves 2016 city budget; funds city's largest police force

    December 8, 2015 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro council members approved the mayor's spending plan for next year Tuesday evening. No one voted against the $880 million spending plan that includes significant growth for public safety . The entire budget is about 6% more than the spending plan for 2015. The budget... more »
  • Senators seek plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program

    December 7, 2015 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State senators are asking Louisiana's health department to draw up a Medicaid expansion proposal within weeks, as they ready for a new governor who wants to tap into that provision of the federal health care law. Lawmakers have repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion plans, siding with Republican Gov.... more »
  • Credit agency says La. deficit plan was only 'stop-gap' fix

    December 4, 2015 5:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A national credit rating agency says the maneuvers used by Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers to close a $487 million midyear budget gap were only temporary fixes. Fitch Ratings released its analysis Thursday of the work recently done to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget. The assessment was... more »
  • Louisiana tax amnesty program resumes today

    December 1, 2015 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana tax amnesty program reopens on Tuesday after being temporarily shutdown due to a paperwork error. During the amnesty period delinquent taxpayers are given a chance to bring their tax accounts up to date by clearing unpaid tax bills and filing overdue state tax returns. The Department... more »
  • Loyola University president touts $11.5M savings plan

    November 27, 2015 2:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Loyola University New Orleans President Rev. Kevin Wildes has announced that he is planning to slice the university's spending by $11.5 million over the next five years. Wildes estimates Loyola would actually need to cut $25 million from its budget over the same period, but he hops... more »
  • Gas prices are an early Christmas gift on Thanksgiving

    November 25, 2015 11:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers are taking advantage of some of the cheapest gas prices in the country. Wednesday, ahead of one of the busiest weekends to hit the roads, a gallon of regular was as little as $1.59. The cheap fuel was at select locations - some requiring a... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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