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  • Governor asking senators to strip all House budget changes

    May 26, 2016 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is asking state senators to scrap all the changes made to next year's nearly $26 billion budget by their colleagues in the House. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday he'd like the panel to strip the... more »
  • State budget concerns cause change of location for LSU nutrition building

    May 26, 2016 12:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new athletic nutrition center planned for LSU's campus won't be built where it was planned because of the state's uncertain budget situation. The $12 million facility was supposed to be built on Skip Bertman Drive, near the old LSU baseball stadium. Instead, it will be... more »
  • Budget debate begins Thursday in the Louisiana House

    May 12, 2016 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House are expecting a long day as they debate how to craft next year's budget and close a $600 million shortfall. The biggest disagreement for the financial year that begins July 1 centers on whether to prioritize the TOPS free college... more »
  • House budget protects TOPS by cutting others

    May 9, 2016 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers in the Louisiana House are proposing to fully fund the TOPS free college tuition program by cutting across other state agencies. The House Appropriations Committee on Monday reworked the budget proposal for the financial year that begins July 1. The recommendations - approved in an 18-4 vote... more »
  • Governor sets May 15 target for tax study recommendations

    April 29, 2016 1:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging a study group looking at state budget and tax policy to give him preliminary recommendations by May 15 for ways to raise money to fill financial gaps. A report from the task force, created by state lawmakers, is due in September.... more »
  • Bill aims to cut meeting costs that reach thousands annually

    April 26, 2016 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are trying to trim the costs of a legislative agency that spends thousands of dollars each year on meetings at a swanky New Orleans hotel. The Louisiana State Law Institute, which studies legal issues for the Legislature, regularly holds meetings of its decision-making council... more »
  • Estimate of Louisiana's budget shortfall drops to $600M

    April 25, 2016 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The price tag for Louisiana's budget shortfall next year has dropped to $600 million. Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief financial adviser Jay Dardenne told state senators Monday that a gap once pegged at $750 million is lower. Dardenne says that's thanks to savings from Edwards' planned Medicaid... more »
  • Budget the top worry as legislative session reaches midpoint

    April 22, 2016 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have reached the halfway mark of their regular session, with financial decisions in limbo and the budget still the session's focus. Only six bills - out of more than 1,600 filed for consideration - had received House and Senate passage and reached the governor's desk... more »
  • Students out of time to raise ACT score

    April 14, 2016 8:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Students hoping to boost their ACT scores to save their TOPS scholarships have run out of time. The last day to take the test to qualify for the next school year was Saturday. Before the latest round of state budget cuts were announced, students only needed an... more »
  • Budget cut debate mired in uncertainty about special session

    April 14, 2016 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Budget debates always include uncertainty about how much money agencies will receive in the upcoming financial year and whether they might take cuts. But that uncertainty is worsened this legislative session, complicated by questions about whether lawmakers will consider raising taxes further and when they'd make those... more »
  • Senators reject school funding formula amid budget concerns

    April 14, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have rejected the public school financing formula proposed by the state education board for next year, at the request of Gov. John Bel Edwards. Lawmakers in the current budget year boosted funding for K-12 public schools by $44 million outside of the annual financing formula. The... more »
  • La. Senate backs cost containment for TOPS tuition program

    April 13, 2016 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to restrict the growth of Louisiana's TOPS free college tuition program has sailed through the Senate. The measure by Sen. Jack Donahue, a Mandeville Republican, would lock in the TOPS payment rate at next year's tuition level, unless lawmakers vote to raise payments. That could... more »
  • Paul Ryan is not running for president, or passing a budget

    April 13, 2016 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan's national stature is such that he had to call a news conference to deny he wants to be president. Back on Capitol Hill, he's about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for him and House Republicans.... more »
  • LSU President warns current students they could lose TOPS under governor's proposed cuts Play Video

    April 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Healthcare and TOPS took the brunt of the cuts in the governor's proposed budget cutbacks presented to the legislature Tuesday. Here's most the cuts that matter #lalege pic.twitter.com/EShyf63key — Mark Armstrong (@TV_MarkA) April 12, 2016 Governor John Bel Edwards and his budget advisers... more »
  • Gov. Edwards to outline budget cuts Tuesday

    April 12, 2016 8:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards is getting ready to release his budget cut proposals for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. On Tuesday, lawmakers will hear the governor's plan to close the state's $750 million shortfall. Legislators have been struggling to balance the budget for the past... more »
  • Medicaid copay bills stall amid health provider opposition

    April 7, 2016 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Proposals to charge Medicaid patients copays for some prescription drugs and other services have fizzled in the Louisiana Legislature, including a measure backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Hearings on three Medicaid copay bills were scrapped in the House health committee Thursday. That included the bill by... more »
  • Public defender's office warns it's too poor to represent the poor

    April 6, 2016 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The public defender's office in East Baton Rouge started warning judges of its inability to represent poor defendants in the criminal justice system. The letter, which was obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit Wednesday, cites budget issues and warns of layoffs at the office beginning next... more »
  • Louisiana college students face uncertainty about TOPS money

    April 5, 2016 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's budget problems are creating uncertainty for thousands of college students who rely on the state's TOPS free tuition program. With a shortfall estimated at $750 million for next year's budget, it's not clear how much money the highly-popular program will receive in the financial year that... more »
  • Budget worst-case scenario would close parks, historic sites

    April 4, 2016 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says he could shutter many of Louisiana's state parks, museums and historic sites if his agency takes the worst-case scenario cut for next year. Nungesser told a House budget committee Monday that Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration asked him to prepare for up... more »
  • La. sales, cigarette and alcohol tax hikes kick in Friday Play Video

    March 30, 2016 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Smokers, drinkers, car renters and every shopper around Louisiana will be paying more for their purchases beginning Friday. Tax hikes on cigarettes, alcohol and car rentals are among many tax changes that take hold April 1. The biggest tax increase will hit nearly every person and business.... more »
  • Edwards unveils $70M in state budget cuts, to close deficit

    March 24, 2016 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - To rebalance this year's budget, Gov. John Bel Edwards is levying all of a $70 million spending reduction on the state health department and sparing Louisiana's public colleges. The Democratic governor announced Thursday the final pieces of budget rebalancing needed to get the state out of the... more »
  • House budget hearings begin with uncertainty about cuts

    March 21, 2016 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have opened their hearings on next year's budget, while Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is still working to cut another $70 million this year. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the House Appropriations Committee the governor will unveil the reductions to rebalance this... more »
  • EBR Public Defender's office is going broke Play Video

    March 21, 2016 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- There could be no public defenders in Baton Rouge by the summer, an audit released Monday found. The state may not have enough money to keep the public defender's office handling cases in East Baton Rouge Parish open past June 30th. Already, public defenders said they're entering... more »
  • Louisiana to refinance debt for $82M for this year's budget

    March 17, 2016 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top officials have agreed to refinance state debt to generate $82 million in quick cash to help close gaps in this year's budget. The Bond Commission agreed to the financing maneuver Thursday, over the objections of its chairman, Treasurer John Kennedy. Lawmakers assumed the additional cash... more »
  • Governor to meet with credit rating agencies after downgrade

    March 17, 2016 4:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards is visiting with representatives of the major credit rating agencies, after Louisiana was hit with one downgrade and is threatened with more. Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo says the governor will meet with rating agency officials Thursday evening at the governor's mansion. Also invited to... more »
  • La. budget shortfall for this year $70M after tax increases

    March 16, 2016 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A final tally of the tax hikes passed by lawmakers shows a gap of nearly $70 million remains to be closed in the next three months. Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers had thought the shortfall for the budget year that ends June 30 was about $20... more »
  • Gov. Edwards wants more construction money on roads, maintenance

    March 16, 2016 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to rework Louisiana's construction budget. The governor says he will steer more dollars to roadwork and repairs of existing state buildings. He says his administration is going to drop some of the smaller, local projects favored by state lawmakers for their districts.... more »
  • Back in session: Higher education, healthcare could face cuts

    March 14, 2016 8:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new legislative session began today, and Governor John Bel Edwards delivered grim news to lawmakers regarding the state budget in his opening address. Lawmakers didn't raise enough money in the special session to keep critical services from being cut. Under state law, they can't raise... more »
  • New legislative session, same budget problems

    March 14, 2016 6:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's lawmakers are kicking off a new legislative session, with the same financial problems that have kept the state staggering from one budget crisis to the next. The House and Senate were unable to fully dig out of the budget gaps in a contentious special session on taxes... more »
  • Louisiana budget shortfall could still top $50 million

    March 10, 2016 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax bills were rushed through in such frenzy in the final minutes of the special legislative session that the governor, lawmakers and their financial advisers were still trying Thursday to sift through the implications. This year's budget could be out of balance anywhere from $30 million... more »
  • What happened? Lawmakers sifting through what passed, failed

    March 10, 2016 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax bills were rushed through in such frenzy in the final minutes of the special legislative session that the governor, lawmakers and their financial advisers are still trying to sift through the implications. This year's budget could be out of balance anywhere from $30 million to $50... more »
  • Jindal-era tax credit maneuver repealed by state lawmakers

    March 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have taken a shot at former Gov. Bobby Jindal in the special legislative session, giving final passage to a measure aimed at refuting his budget practices. The House and Senate agreed Wednesday to repeal a heavily-criticized tax credit, called SAVE, that Jindal pushed to protect his... more »
  • Alcohol taxes to rise after rate hike receives final passage

    March 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's drinkers will soon be paying more for their wine and beer. A bill to boost the tax rates charged on alcohol won final passage Wednesday with a 71-23 House vote. The measure heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who supports the tax hike to help balance... more »
  • Who will pay? A look at tax bills approved by lawmakers

    March 9, 2016 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's lawmakers are wrapping up work Wednesday in a special legislative session aimed at balancing this year's budget, with decisions on several tax proposals that could help drum up more money for the state treasury still pending. Here's what passed and what's still pending in the final hours:... more »
  • Special session deadline looms at the capitol Play Video

    March 9, 2016 12:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A deadline looms at the state capitol. By the end of Wednesday, the special session called to deal with the state's budget woes will be over. It'll be a busy day. Lawmakers have to find another $200 million. Accomplishing that could be easier said than done; They've... more »
  • Wednesday session deadline near with no tax deal reached yet Play Video

    March 7, 2016 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With a Wednesday deadline fast approaching, the House and Senate are trying to strike a deal to keep from cratering this year's budget and forcing widespread cuts on health care and colleges. But House Republicans have rejected several tax measures the Senate, House Democrats and Gov. John... more »
  • Louisiana House supports alcohol tax increase for budget

    March 6, 2016 8:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to raise alcohol taxes to help bail out the state budget. The alcohol tax hike fell short last week of the 70 votes needed. But after two days of negotiations, several lawmakers changed their minds Sunday and the bill was advanced to... more »
  • Who could pay? A look at tax bills approved by lawmakers Play Video

    March 5, 2016 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. Only a few have made it to final passage in a special legislative session that must end Wednesday. Here's a look of what some of the proposals would do and... more »
  • Edwards criticizes 'lackadaisical' House effort Play Video

    March 4, 2016 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says with only days remaining in a special legislative session, lawmakers have "failed to produce" a budget balancing solution. While the Democratic governor's comments were broad Friday, he acknowledged his main point of complaint was the House, where Republican leaders have bottled... more »
  • Annoyed Edwards hammers lawmakers over budget Friday

    March 4, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hopes that the state budget crisis was nearing a resolve were shattered Friday when the legislative body that monitors finance determined a plan to generate $75 million before the end of the budget year wouldn't work out. The plan called for a change to the payment... more »
  • Stalemate thaws as House votes on more tax bills Play Video

    March 3, 2016 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After days of delays, the Louisiana House has started considering additional tax changes that could help balance the state budget. Republican leaders in the House had stalled action on taxes for several days, while waiting for the Senate to unveil its package of proposed budget cuts. GOP... more »
  • Senators outline budget balancing plan, calls for more taxes

    March 3, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have unveiled their plan to rebalance Louisiana's short-term budget gap, seeking to lessen cuts proposed by the House and largely shield public colleges and health services from steep reductions. But the plan requires the House to back $83 million more in taxes than the... more »
  • Who could pay? A look at tax bills advancing with lawmakers

    March 3, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. None has made it to final passage so far, with less than a week remaining in the special legislative session. Here's a look of what some of the proposals would do and... more »
  • Parents plead for taxes to pay for their children's services Play Video

    March 2, 2016 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators weighing deep cuts to state services were wiping away tears as parents pleaded for them to pass tax hikes to protect programs that help them care for their children. Health care services that serve thousands with developmental disabilities are threatened as lawmakers decide how to close... more »
  • Edwards urges House Republicans to support more tax bills

    March 2, 2016 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards tried to persuade Republican lawmakers to back additional taxes as his special legislative session on rebalancing Louisiana's budget moves into its final week. The Democratic governor met privately with GOP House and Senate members Wednesday morning, urging action. Edwards said he told Republicans... more »
  • Standoff between state House, Senate impeding progress Play Video

    March 2, 2016 1:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday at the capitol, discussions over raising sin taxes stalled again, but lawmakers did make a last minute decision to approve a one cent sales tax increase. For a 3rd consecutive day, Louisiana's House of Representatives refused to take an action on two tax increases - cigarettes... more »
  • House and Senate appear in stalemate over budget rebalancing

    March 1, 2016 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Negotiations over how best to rebalance Louisiana's budget are staying behind the scenes. Lawmakers in the House on Tuesday again stalled votes on tax hikes, as bill sponsors tried to rally enough support for passage. House Speaker Taylor Barras, a Republican, called on lawmakers in his... more »
  • Senators shut down House leader's talk of deficit spending

    February 29, 2016 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The leader of the House budget committee provoked harsh reactions from senators by suggesting Louisiana may need to deficit spend to make it through the budget year. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, a Republican, told the Senate Finance Committee the state may "be rolling" some of the... more »
  • La. senators move ahead with 1-cent state sales tax hike

    February 28, 2016 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have started culling through cut and tax proposals backed by the House to rebalance this year's budget. The Senate's tax committee on Sunday advanced two measures that would generate sizable cash for this year's budget: a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax and a change... more »
  • House lawmakers question their own staff on tax estimates

    February 26, 2016 7:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House held a first-ever hearing to review tax estimates from its nonpartisan financial analysts' office. Several House Republicans - and the Democratic chairman of the House tax committee - say they are concerned their economists have low-balled estimates of how much sales tax... more »
  • Louisiana hit with credit rating downgrade, blow to state

    February 25, 2016 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's credit rating has been downgraded, after years of budget instability that leave public colleges and government services wallowing in repeated financial uncertainty. The decision by Moody's Investors Service to drop the state's credit rating Thursday is another blow to a state teetering on the edge... more »
  • House to debate governor's tax plans to rebalance budget

    February 25, 2016 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State House lawmakers are weighing whether to boost taxes on shoppers, smokers, drinkers, phone service and more as they try to end the boom-and-bust cycles of Louisiana's budget. After days of closed-door negotiations, the House on Thursday is scheduled to debate more than 30 tax proposals aimed at... more »
  • Proposed budget cuts would hit public education financing

    February 24, 2016 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House will consider making $87 million in deeper cuts to state spending this year than Gov. John Bel Edwards proposes, more than half of that to public school financing. The proposal was approved with a 14-9 vote Wednesday by the Appropriations Committee and... more »
  • Budget, taxes and baseball: This week at the Capitol Play Video

    February 23, 2016 12:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - While most bills filed this session deal with raising taxes, cutting incentives or trimming departmental budgets, the State House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill that would sweeten Louisiana's bid to host the SEC Baseball Tournament in New Orleans. The bill would ammend an... more »
  • GOP lawmakers in House strike at state government contracts

    February 22, 2016 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans in the Louisiana House have started shaping their response to state budget problems, taking aim at consulting and professional services contracts. The Appropriations Committee backed bills Monday that would force state contract cuts and require more reporting before deals are struck. The measures, which... more »
  • Students rally at capitol Play Video

    February 19, 2016 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A small group of college students rallied at the capitol Friday protesting higher education cuts. They demanded state lawmakers take action in the current special session. The rally was completely organized by students, about fifty attended. "I think this is amazing that we were able to turn... more »
  • Lawmakers have yet to settle on budget rebalancing approach

    February 19, 2016 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's special legislative session nears the end of its first week, no consensus has emerged for how to rebalance the budget. The Senate is in a holding pattern, because most budget and tax bills must begin in the House. And the House hasn't settled on... more »
  • Sin tax likely to increase Play Video

    February 17, 2016 8:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Smokers and drinkers could soon pay more for their vices. A number of tax increases were debated at the state capitol Wednesday. These "sin" taxes are on Governor Edwards wish list for tackling the states budget deficit. The increases could come as soon as April. The proposed increases... more »
  • House lawmakers begin talking specific tax hikes

    February 17, 2016 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have started sifting through Gov. John Bel Edwards' tax proposals for the special legislative session. The Ways and Means Committee started hearings Wednesday on individual tax bills, but took no votes. Committee Chairman Neil Abramson, a New Orleans Democrat, says lawmakers want to... more »
  • Income tax overhaul proposed Play Video

    February 15, 2016 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A number of proposals for a revised income tax system are on the table at the state capitol. It's part of an effort to solve the state's budget crisis. Governor Edwards' administration wants to lower to income taxes for everyone while reducing deductions. In one plan,... more »
  • Budget cuts might close special needs day care

    February 15, 2016 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A special needs day care might have to close their doors if the state cuts the budget. Pediatria employees care for special needs children with ventilators and feeding tubes on a daily basis. "This is one of the jewels that we truly have," State Rep.... more »
  • Edwards addresses lawmakers as special session begins Play Video

    February 14, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two of Louisiana's prominent Republican politicians were targets in Gov. John Bel Edwards' speech to open the legislative session. The Democratic governor never named former Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Treasurer John Kennedy directly. But he took digs at Jindal as helping to create the state's financial... more »
  • Schumer slams Obama budget cuts to anti-terror funds

    February 14, 2016 3:33 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs. The New York Democrat notes that the recently released budget proposal would reduce the Urban Area Security Initiative from $600 million to $330 million. The initiative helps cities... more »
  • Edwards releases budget proposal without taxes, only cuts Play Video

    February 13, 2016 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has presented its doomsday budget to lawmakers. Edwards' chief financial adviser Jay Dardenne unveiled Saturday what next year's budget looks like if Louisiana cuts more than $2 billion in state financing to close a budget gap, rather than raise taxes. He called... more »
  • 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 »

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