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  • Scaled-back $29B budget up for debate in Louisiana House

    May 4, 2017 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House is having an all-day debate about a nearly $29 billion state operating budget proposed for next year. Republicans and Democrats have sharp disagreements over spending plans for the year that begins July 1, including over how much money to allocate for programs and services.... more »
  • After years of cuts, Louisiana colleges threatened with more

    April 12, 2017 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public colleges have been hammered by budget cuts over nearly a decade, and they're staring down the threat of another round of slashing. Higher education leaders pleaded their case for funding Wednesday before state lawmakers on a House budget committee. University officials received no suggestions more... more »
  • Dividing lines drawn: House and Senate try to negotiate deal

    February 20, 2017 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House and Senate have staked out their positions, each drawing up proposals to close Louisiana's $304 million deficit. Now, the two sides have three days remaining in the budget-rebalancing special legislative session to reach a deal. The session must end Wednesday. The central... more »
  • Latest feud between governor, attorney general: Budget cuts

    February 9, 2017 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The latest flashpoint between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry involves budget cuts sought by Edwards to help close a $304 million deficit. The Democratic governor wants to cut $6 million from the Republican attorney general's office. Landry's office says it agreed to "belt... more »
  • Cuts loom as latest budget deficit tops $300 million

    January 13, 2017 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's midyear deficit has been pegged at $313 million, a figure that Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says will trigger the governor to call a special legislative session to re-balance the budget. An income forecasting panel downgraded Louisiana tax collection estimates Friday, to account for unemployment that... more »
  • Louisiana colleges spared some cuts for now

    December 15, 2016 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana colleges took a lighter hit to their budgets Thursday than state lawmakers had feared a month earlier. Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget recognized a $312 million mid-year budget cut at the capitol and higher education took a $12 million hit. In November,... more »
  • Bleak picture of repeated budget cuts from LSU president

    December 14, 2016 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU System President F. King Alexander gave lawmakers a bleak picture about the years of state budget cuts. He says faculty and students are getting poached by out-of-state colleges and per-student spending on the main campus has fallen to among the lowest of its peers. Alexander's comments... more »
  • State planning financial cuts to higher education, health care Play Video

    November 18, 2016 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The state is currently $300,000 million short and in order to fill the gap, the governor's office is proposing big cuts and, once again, higher education and health care may not be spared. Students at LSU are worried. "It will be more difficult to get... more »
  • Edwards delays budget cuts amid worry about hit to colleges

    November 18, 2016 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to delay budget cuts for another month, as lawmakers push for him to find a way to spare college campuses from the slashing. As part of his proposal to close a more than $300 million deficit, the Democratic governor had planned... more »
  • Alaska could end to oil checks paid to residents since 1982

    June 29, 2016 11:19 AM

    ANCHORAGE - As Alaska faces a multibillion dollar budget deficit, the oil fund wealth checks distributed yearly to nearly every Alaskan could be on the chopping block. It could mean the first time in more than 30 years that most Alaskans won't get a check from the government just for... more »
  • Fate of remaining tax proposals rests with House lawmakers

    June 18, 2016 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's special session on taxes enters its final week, only three tax bills remain in play for lawmakers considering ways to boost state revenue and lessen budget cuts next year. All three await decisions in the House, where Republicans have shown a willingness to bottle up... more »
  • Edwards says lawmakers should feel 'urgency' Play Video

    June 17, 2016 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards said he believes there's time in the dwindling days of the special session to persuade House lawmakers to back more tax bills to lessen budget cuts. Bills that will raise around $220 million in the budget year that begins July 1 have received... more »
  • No budget bill advancing so far, latest legislative dispute

    June 16, 2016 9:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - While Louisiana's lawmakers continue to disagree on taxes, the House and Senate also are at odds over how to balance the budget with the dollars they do raise. The fissure risks causing a problematic time crunch in the special legislative session, with a week remaining. The dispute... more »
  • Louisiana House moves into second day of budget debate

    May 13, 2016 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has resumed its debate on the nearly $26 billion state operating budget proposed for next year. College and health care programs are on the chopping block as lawmakers continue to grapple with how to close a $600 million shortfall in the financial year... more »
  • Louisiana officials shelve plans to open new juvenile prison

    May 10, 2016 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to open a new juvenile prison in Avoyelles Parish have been put on hold amid a state budget crisis that is expected to squeeze the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. State officials are closing dormitories at juvenile detention centers in Jefferson Parish and Monroe ahead... more »
  • Gov. Edwards signs TOPS cost containment bill into law

    May 10, 2016 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Awards from Louisiana's TOPS program are no longer guaranteed to fully cover tuition if the costs grow. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced Tuesday the governor has signed a bill that locks in the TOPS payment rate at next year's tuition level. If tuition grows... more »
  • House leaders unveil their budget cut proposals Monday

    May 9, 2016 6:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - After weeks of hearings and behind-the-scenes negotiations, lawmakers in the Louisiana House are releasing their proposal to close a $600 million gap in next year's budget. Gov. John Bel Edwards offered his recommendations in April, proposing deep cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, safety... more »
  • Baker schools bracing for potential employee layoffs Play Video

    May 3, 2016 7:59 PM

    BAKER- Baker school board members voted on Tuesday to allow the superintendent to reduce school workers if needed in July. The vote is an effort to brace for the possibility of budget cuts. Baker Public Schools Superintendent Herman Brister said that school administrators have been planning for months, for the... more »
  • Pro-voucher group hits governor for cut proposal in TV ad

    April 26, 2016 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pro-voucher group is striking at Gov. John Bel Edwards in a new TV ad, criticizing him for a proposal to cut the program next year. The ad from the Louisiana Federation for Children, released Tuesday, accuses the Democratic governor of taking away school choice. ... more »
  • Proposed Louisiana food inspection cuts may pose health risk

    April 25, 2016 2:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Proposed state budget cuts will have an effect on those that like to eat out and buy groceries. If the budget proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards for next year is approved, there will be fewer inspections of the retail food industry. The Department of... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Medicaid expansion could lessen, not stop cuts

    March 29, 2016 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The chief financial officer of Louisiana's health department says Medicaid expansion could save the state $124 million next year to help lessen the blow of budget cuts. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says Louisiana could take advantage of enhanced federal financing to produce savings if it expands... more »
  • Governor Edwards to discuss budget cuts Thursday

    March 24, 2016 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a press conference to discuss budget cuts for the current fiscal year. The press conference will be held on Thursday with Commissioner Jay Dardenne. It is set to begin at 3 p.m. at the State Capitol. Watch the live event HERE: more »
  • Veto override decision expected Wednesday in the La. House

    March 23, 2016 4:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican lawmakers in the Louisiana House are considering an override of Gov. John Bel Edwards' line-item vetoes that lessened some budget cuts. House Speaker Taylor Barras said he expects the House to decide Wednesday whether to override the vetoes. The Republican leader acknowledges the effort is unlikely to... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • College students rally against cuts at the Louisiana Capitol Play Video

    February 24, 2016 2:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - College students worried their campuses could close their doors mid-semester swarmed the Louisiana Capitol steps to protest the threat of deep budget cuts. Higher education leaders estimated 2,000 students attended Wednesday's rally, which featured chants of "No more cuts!" Students also held signs saying "Louisiana Needs... more »
  • Louisiana colleges threatened with credit rating downgrade

    February 23, 2016 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A number of Louisiana's public colleges face the threat of a credit rating downgrade because of state budget problems. National credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service announced this week it put several campuses on review for possible downgrade, because of possible budget cuts. Credit ratings determine how... more »
  • Efficiencies? Edwards agency heads say Jindal cuts went deep

    February 18, 2016 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are learning that agency cuts made during former Gov. Bobby Jindal's tenure may have gone deeper than the efficiencies that were described. Jindal and his leaders regularly explained away reductions made over the last eight years of state government budget cuts as doing "more with... more »
  • Higher education leaders say they're not using scare tactics

    February 17, 2016 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher education leaders are pushing back at suggestions they are inflating the implications of budget cuts on their campuses. Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Rallo told the House Appropriations Committee that public colleges face cuts of at least $70 million before the state budget year ends... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish public defenders to shut office after state cuts

    February 16, 2016 3:15 PM

    BELLE CHASSE - The Plaquemines Parish Public Defenders Office is shutting down indefinitely due to state budget cuts. The office is expecting to close Wednesday after state lawmakers voted Monday to cut funding for the state Public Defender Board by $472,000 through June 30. The Plaquemines office had... more »
  • Best case budget scenario could see Nicholls close temporarily

    February 15, 2016 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nicholls State University would be forced to close at least temporarily this year even if the best-case scenario presented to the Louisiana Legislature prevails. A plan from the University of Louisiana System says the Thibodaux-based school could close for 12 days in the face of budget... 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 »
  • LSU students plan to protest possible budget cuts, encourage others to join

    February 12, 2016 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU students are planning to fight pending budget cuts that could affect higher education and the TOPS program. The state announced a suspension to the TOPS scholarship program, Thursday. Friday morning the state reinstated 80% of the TOPS payments, and instructed the universities to absorb the other... more »
  • Budget threats becoming familiar pattern Play Video

    February 12, 2016 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The current budget brinksmanship is nothing new in Louisiana politics. Less than a year ago, similar doomsday stories were told about the future of higher education and health care. Both then and now, state leaders emphasized those scenarios would play out if taxes were not raised.... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 5 college institutions removed from negative credit watch

    July 29, 2015 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With deep budget cuts dodged by Louisiana's public colleges, national credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has removed five higher education institutions from a negative credit watch. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration announced the credit decision Wednesday. The move by S&P indicates the institutions aren't facing the short-term... 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 »
  • Lawmakers won't disclose plan to save higher-ed Play Video

    April 30, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU students met one on one with state lawmakers Thursday demanding they stop $600 million in proposed cuts to state colleges. The Lawmakers said they sympathized with the students and encouraged them to keep up the pressure. LSU's student body president, Andrew Mahtook, met privately with... more »
  • Hundreds of LSU students march to protest budget cuts 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 »
  • LSU at the Capitol Play Video

    April 30, 2015 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Students, alumni, and friends of Louisiana State University will march to the Capitol today to call for change. They're asking legislators not to cut state funding to their school by 82%. LSU students are waking up to the reality, that if these cuts go through, their future... 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 »
  • At the Capitol: Representative Patricia Smith Play Video

    April 22, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Pat Smith from the 67th district stopped by 2une In this morning to give us an update on what's been going on during the current legislative session. "We've got to make sure that our folks have a quality of life," said Smith. "That includes not... 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 »
  • Lawmakers unable to alleviate higher education woes 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 »
  • College leaders make their plea to stave off cuts next year

    April 8, 2015 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's higher education leaders argued their value to the state's economy as they urged state lawmakers to keep college campuses from deep cuts next year. Under the most dire scenario, colleges could face cuts nearing $600 million - a reduction of 82 percent of their state financing.... more »
  • Dardenne not ready to reveal higher education plan 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 »
  • Public safety facing $7-10 million budget cuts Play Video

    March 31, 2015 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Police superintendent says public safety will face $7-10 million in budget cuts this year. Col. Mike Edmonson and lawmakers went over the cuts Tuesday at the State Capitol. With budget cuts on the horizon, Edmonson will shift gears into penny-pinching mode to find ways... more »
  • Rep. Jackson: Jindal needs to share the load Play Video

    March 17, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers criticized Governor Jindal's office for not equally sharing in cuts in its proposed Executive Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. According to the Legislative Fiscal office, the Executive Department is cutting $244,000 dollars in state funding. Representative Katrina Jackson says the cuts are too little compared... more »
  • Special needs daycares fear upcoming budget cuts Play Video

    February 26, 2015 5:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - When Governor Bobby Jindal presents his budget Friday, special needs daycares will fear the worst with cuts looming. Pedia Trust in Denham Springs is one of 21 special needs daycares in Louisiana. They could all be forced to close if Jindal puts an ax to the... more »
  • Jindal budget seeks to avoid deep college cuts Play Video

    February 26, 2015 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will propose to scale back spending on tax credits and offer lawmakers money-generating ideas to keep colleges from facing deep, damaging cuts next year. The governor's recommendations for closing a $1.6 billion gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 will be presented... more »
  • IRS: Your chances of getting audited lowest in a decade

    February 24, 2015 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says budget cuts forced the agency to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade. In 2014, fewer than 1 percent of individual tax returns were audited, the lowest rate since 2004. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the number... more »
  • LSU could cut 2,000 classes in fall Play Video

    February 23, 2015 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- If Governor Jindal's proposed cuts to higher education go into affect, then LSU plans to lay off hundreds of instructors and cut 2,000 classes by next fall according to LSU System President King Alexander. The Jindal administration plans to reveal its budget plans Friday for the next... more »
  • Disabled and elderly will wait longer for help Play Video

    February 20, 2015 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Individuals waiting for state help for their medical needs may have to wait a bit longer to get the help they desire. Friday's mid-year budget cuts have frozen more than 1,200 unfilled slots in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals waiver program. The program... more »
  • Locals fight to save Plaquemine lock Play Video

    February 12, 2015 6:53 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish and Plaquemine leaders are fighting to save one of their beloved historic sites. The Plaquemine Lock is one of three state run sites getting the axe after the mid-year budget cuts. Residents say they were shocked when they heard the news. "Its just part of Plaquemine,... more »
  • LSU outlines dire budget scenarios, layoffs and course cuts

    February 6, 2015 12:35 PM

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

    February 6, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration released their plans Friday to deal with a mid-year budget deficit of more than $103 million. The plan calls for $60.66 million in cuts from state agencies and includes $42.84 million in "revenue opportunities," mostly stopgap spending from state trust funds and one-time... more »
  • Colleges negotiating for ways to lessen deep budget cuts

    January 23, 2015 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The threat of up to $380 million in budget cuts to Louisiana's public colleges has higher education officials and lawmakers scrambling for ideas to stop the slashing They're weighing everything from tax break suspensions to tuition and fee hikes. College system leaders are suggesting a special legislative... more »
  • IRS money woes

    January 13, 2015 7:57 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Commissioner of the IRS warned his employees the agency could shut down for two days due to budget cuts. John Koskinen said by email the agency will reduce taxpayer services and conduct fewer audits and some tax refunds could be delayed. Congress cut his budget by $346... more »
  • Kennedy: Higher ed could be 'gutted like a fish' Play Video

    November 14, 2014 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After the state's Revenue Estimating Committee decided to trim back cash flow forecasts for the fiscal year, Treasurer John Kennedy warned Governor Jindal could take an axe to higher education to make up the difference. "Let me be blunt, they're gonna gut LSU and Southern and... more »
  • Jindal seeks reversal of military funeral cuts

    October 14, 2014 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funeral ceremonies provided to families of veterans. The Republican governor, considering a 2016 presidential campaign, sent a letter Tuesday to the White House, seeking a reversal of cuts to the military funeral program run... more »
  • Lawmakers criticize lengthy waits at OMV locations

    August 14, 2014 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers say they're getting hit with complaints about wait times at Office of Motor Vehicles locations around Louisiana, and they're asking for more details about the cause. Members of the Legislature's joint budget committee said Thursday they want agency leaders to explain why waits have spiked.... more »

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