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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 30, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of LSU students holding signs and wearing school colors marched to the steps of the Capitol Thursday to protest against further cuts to higher education. The rally was organized through social media and called on students to show up to make lawmakers see who would... more »
  • LSU at the Capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 8, 2015 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers had lots of questions for leaders of the state's higher education institutions, but offered few suggestions to cope with potentially crippling cuts. In a unanimous voice, leaders of state run universities and junior colleges begged lawmakers to spare them from devastating cuts proposed in the next... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 6, 2015 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne chose his former junior high school, Westdale Middle in Baton Rouge, as the place to launch a statewide announcement tour for his gubernatorial campaign. Dardenne is one of three Republicans in the race along with Sen. David Vitter and Scott Angelle. State... more »
  • Public safety facing $7-10 million budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 5:12 PM

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

    February 23, 2015 6:54 PM

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

    February 6, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration released their plans Friday to deal with a mid-year budget deficit of more than $103 million. The plan calls for $60.66 million in cuts from state agencies and includes $42.84 million in "revenue opportunities," mostly stopgap spending from state trust funds and one-time... more »
  • 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' check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Cuts to colleges end this legislative session

    June 10, 2014 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After years of budget cuts, Louisiana's public colleges got most of what they sought in the recently-ended legislative session. Their budget is going up, and they're getting a new incentive fund to help funnel money to high-demand degree and worker training programs. University of Louisiana System President... more »
  • Budget cuts push cops to look for new jobs

    May 30, 2014 10:16 PM

    BAKER - Baker police officers have applied for new jobs with citywide budget cuts possibly coming soon. Two full-time patrol officers have already been cut from the Baker Police Department, and Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps believes more cuts are on the horizon. The department's questionable future has some... more »
  • Bill would stop cuts when colleges raise tuition

    May 6, 2014 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public colleges could receive some protection from budget cuts when they raise tuition on students, under a bill that won support from the state House. Recently when schools have increased tuition and fees, Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Legislature have stripped similar amounts of state general... more »
  • House GOP plan seeks health cuts to balance budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 2, 2014 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are pressing ahead with a plan to try to balance the budget within 10 years, relying on big decreases in health care programs for the middle class and the poor, as well as tax hikes and Medicare cuts engineered by President Barack Obama. The GOP... more »
  • State income forecast dropped by $35M, but no cuts

    January 15, 2014 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's income forecasting panel says the state will bring in $35 million less than expected for spending during this budget year. But the drop in this year's forecast, announced Wednesday by the Revenue Estimating Conference, won't mean state agencies face new cuts. Commissioner of Administration Kristy... more »
  • Budget cuts increase driver's license wait

    January 9, 2014 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Wait times to get your driver's license are much higher due to state budget cuts. The Legislative Fiscal Office says they have shot up after the Jindal administration cut staffing levels. The analysis says personnel at the Office of Motor Vehicles has dropped by 23... more »
  • Budget cuts could close fire station in Baker check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 10, 2013 5:53 PM

    BAKER - Thousands of people in Baker could lose their fire protection in November, which is when the fire chief plans to close one of their two stations due to budget cuts. The Lavey Lane fire station will close Nov. 1 if funds aren't found to keep it open,... more »
  • House speaker announces opposition to veto session

    July 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't want lawmakers to hold a veto session to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Kleckley, a Republican ally of the governor, released a statement Tuesday announcing his opposition to the session - though he said he doesn't... more »
  • House, Senate on diverging paths on agency budgets

    June 18, 2013 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have unveiled slashing cuts to a program that helps localities build community development projects. Their rivals in the Democratic-controlled Senate are moving to restore Republican cuts to international food aid and nutrition help for pregnant women. Senate Democrats are pressing to restore deep cuts to domestic... more »
  • AP sources: Pentagon to cut civilian furlough days

    May 14, 2013 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials say the Defense Department leaders trying to find ways to deal with mandatory budget cuts are poised to trim the number of civilian furlough days from 14 to at least 11 and allow the military to exempt thousands of additional workers from the unpaid day... more »
  • EKL shuts down check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2013 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The capital city enters a new era of health care Monday as a longstanding medical facility has closed its doors for good. Earl K. Long was forced to shut down due to state budget cuts and changes in the LSU Health System. The hospital has... more »
  • Official: Obama proposes cuts to Social Security

    April 5, 2013 9:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is proposing cuts to Social Security as an attempt to compromise with Republicans on the budget. A senior administration official says the budget Obama will offer to Congress next Wednesday would reduce the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years. It includes a revised inflation... more »
  • Urgent care to fill void left by EKL closure check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 4, 2013 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It won't be long until Earl K. Long Memorial is just a memory. Due to changes in the LSU Health System and budget cuts, the hospital is closing on April 15th. To fill that void, Our Lady of the Lake will run an urgent care center... more »
  • Following Obama, Kerry to donate part of salary

    April 4, 2013 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The richest member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet is giving back some salary too, in the spirit of government-wide spending cuts. A day after Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said they'd return 5 percent of their paycheck to the Treasury, Secretary of State John Kerry followed in... more »
  • Interior Dept. cuts mineral payments to 35 states

    March 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting federal mineral payments to Louisiana and 34 other states by a total of roughly $110 million this fiscal year. It's part of the automatic federal spending cuts that started this month. Louisiana stands to lose more than $347,000. Wyoming Gov.... more »
  • Domestic violence shelters facing more budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2013 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Domestic violence shelters across Louisiana are facing their second budget cut in the last few months. The Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services have proposed a cut of $1.4 million to domestic violence services. If approved, shelters would be operating with 40 percent less funding... more »
  • Obama: may take weeks, months to fix budget mess

    March 1, 2013 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it may take a couple of weeks or a couple of months to reach a deal to end Washington's battle over spending cuts. The president spoke after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that go... more »
  • White House seeks 'balanced way' to budget fix

    February 17, 2013 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The new White House chief of staff says President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect the automatic budget cuts scheduled for next month will have on America's middle class. Denis McDonough tells ABC's "This Week" that the economy has been getting stronger over the past few months.... more »
  • Don't cut so deep

    February 14, 2013 7:36 PM

    The Director of the FBI and the Attorney General warn looming across-the-board spending cuts would erode public safety in every city and town in the nation. The FBI says the cuts would cause furloughs equivalent to closing the bureau's offices in Chicago, Miami and Baltimore, slash the number of cases... more »
  • GOP lawmakers see automatic cuts as leverage

    January 30, 2013 4:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican conservatives are driving a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic budget cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike in an effort to force Democrats into making concessions on the budget. It's a remarkable turnabout from last year, when GOP leaders were among the... more »
  • Health care budget cuts begin this week

    January 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's Medicaid hospice care received a last-minute reprieve from shutdown, but Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is moving ahead with other health care cuts this week. Slated for elimination are programs that provide behavioral health intervention services for at-risk children and that pay for at-home visits by... more »
  • Budget cuts hit domestic violence programs

    January 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Gov. Bobby Jindal's latest round of budget cuts are falling on shelters that take in battered women and other domestic violence prevention providers. The reductions were made to help close a $166 million midyear budget deficit. The Advocate reports that funding for family violence prevention and intervention... more »
  • House agrees to vote on special session check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Thibodaux lawmaker has hit the first benchmark in his effort to revisit Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent budget cuts in a November special session. Thirty-nine House members, Republicans and Democrats, have signed onto supporting the idea by Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent. That meets the threshold... more »
  • LSU seeking agreements with private health firms

    October 11, 2012 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A week after $152 million in cuts were levied across the LSU public hospitals, Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says no new formal arrangements have yet been reached with private hospitals to pick up the care. But he and LSU hospitals chief Frank Opelka said Thursday... more »
  • Cancer patients told budget cuts may close clinics

    September 18, 2012 9:22 PM

    INDEPENDENCE- Some cancer patients at the state-run Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center are being notified about clinics potentially closing because of budget cuts. 600 patients are being notified through the mail. "We are working with our patients to find them a new cancer treatment home," said Sherre Pack-Hoofkin,... more »
  • UL System board approves budget

    August 22, 2012 9:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors has approved a $762 million budget that represents a $38 million cut from last year's sum. The nine-campus UL System is Louisiana's biggest state-run network of higher education. The budget for the fiscal year that started July... more »
  • UNO's $12M budget cut includes 53 faculty, staff

    August 15, 2012 8:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The University of New Orleans is cutting $12 million from its budget through a combination of early retirements and the elimination of vacant positions to offset reductions by the state. UNO said Tuesday that about 25 faculty members and 28 staff members will be offered "incentivized... more »
  • Southern president rolls out plans to success check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 20, 2012 5:49 PM

    BREAUX BRIDGE- Southern University's president, Ronald Mason, is criss-crossing the state, driving home the impact of budget cuts on the system's three schools and how he plans to handle them. Several Southern University supporters filled the Bethlehem Baptist Church hall in Breaux Bridge today to hear Ronald Mason out.... more »
  • Pa. high school puts itself up for sale on eBay

    July 2, 2012 12:38 PM

    LANGHORNE, Pa. - Forget magazine drives and candy sales. A cash-strapped high school near Philadelphia hopes to raise money by auctioning itself on eBay. Officials at The Learning Center in Langhorne, Pa., are seeking bids starting around $600,000 to offset steep budget cuts. The eBay listing describes the public alternative... more »
  • Budget cut criticisms don't scare temporary LSU system leader check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 18, 2012 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- $100 million in budget cuts to the LSU system may not happen. State senators say they don't like the financial hit on higher education and health care planned in next year's state budget. LSU System Interim President William Jenkins says that's good news for the Baton Rouge... more »
  • Lafayette agencies told to look for cuts

    May 8, 2012 6:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette city-parish department heads are being asked to comb their budgets for cuts as the administration prepares to trim at least $5 million from next year's budget. City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley says the administration is just beginning to prepare the proposed budget, but under a best-case... more »
  • Jindal administration and LSU disagree on cuts culprit

    February 11, 2012 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU calls the $34 million slashed from its public hospitals for the uninsured a consequence of Gov. Bobby Jindal's midyear budget cuts. Jindal administration leaders call the deep reductions the result of shoddy management and overspending by LSU. The chemical detox unit and psychiatric beds in... more »
  • Tax cut talks focus on budget cuts, new fees

    January 16, 2012 6:48 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Familiar arguments could again echo through the halls of Congress as lawmakers return from a three-week holiday break to consider extending a tax cut with one eye on the November election. There are opposing ideas for extending an average $20-a-week Social Security payroll tax cut through the... more »
  • Jeanerette planning to lay off city employees

    December 19, 2011 5:36 AM

    JEANERETTE - The city will have to lay off some of its employees, though it's not known yet how many will be terminated. Jeanerette officials have been cutting back on expenses, including trimming the number of hours each week that City Hall is open. Mayor Tim de'Clouet told the Board... more »
  • LSU System to cut $21 million from budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 16, 2011 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has ordered the LSU System to cut over $20 million from its current operating budget Friday. The system will cut $21.2 million as part of a $50 million mid-year reduction to higher education statewide. The cutback will be taken from the LSU System's... more »
  • CATS may delay budget cuts

    December 7, 2011 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The CEO of the Capital Area Transit System says managers may suggest to metro council members that they allow the system to operate at full capacity until it runs out of funding in July. Brian Marshall and CATS board members are searching for ways to deal... more »
  • Obama urges debt panel to reach for deal

    November 11, 2011 3:12 PM

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE - President Barack Obama has urged leaders of Congress' supercommittee to press hard for a deal on slashing the deficit - and not look for an end run around a key enforcement mechanism. Obama spoke to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling... more »
  • Obama threatens to veto 'cut, cap and balance'

    July 18, 2011 1:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says President Barack Obama would veto the "cut, cap and balance" plan proposed by tea party-backed House Republicans if it lands on his desk. In a statement, the Office of Management and Budget says that setting arbitrary spending levels and a balanced budget amendment... more »
  • State park hours changed amid budget cuts

    July 9, 2011 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Budget cuts and reduced staffing have forced a change in operating hours at Louisiana state parks. The Office of State Parks says entrance station hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday - and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Gates... more »
  • Budget cuts hurt state museums

    June 29, 2011 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some state museums are at risk of closing because of cuts in the new state budget. More than $800,000 were cut from the money state museums get from the state's general fund. There are 17 state museums. The biggest chunk of money goes to the Old State... more »
  • Corrections department sends out layoff notice

    June 3, 2011 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's corrections secretary sent a memo to wardens at five state prisons, ordering them to ready for layoffs to shut down the jails, in case the Senate agrees to budget cuts proposed by the House. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc sent the layoff timeline to wardens this... more »
  • West Feliciana board closes elementary school

    May 18, 2011 7:02 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- The West Feliciana School Board has approved a second round of budget cuts that included closing Tunica Elementary School near Angola and sending its students to Bains Elementary and Bains Lower Elementary schools. The board approved the closure Tuesday on a 4-2 vote for a savings of $590,303... more »
  • LSU closing 3 AgCenter research stations

    April 2, 2011 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State University is closing three of its Agricultural Center research stations in the face of state budget cuts. The AgCenter is permanently shutting down its Calhoun Research Center near Monroe, the Rosepine Research Center in Vernon Parish and the Coastal Area Research Station in Plaquemines Parish,... more »
  • Budget cuts put specialized troopers on the streets during emergencies

    February 4, 2011 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The weather has state police working over-time, but a new use of troopers, current and retired, is preventing the extra work from costing extra. State Police say every trooper starts on the highways and by-ways of the state. And every trooper that may have moved up from there... more »
  • State pay raises could be cut again

    January 28, 2011 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Jindal Administration will request a move to cut pay raises for state employees. The plan has to be approved by the civil service commission. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says it will save the state $55 million dollars, and is necessary to help cope with a... more »
  • LSU Provost adresses "myths" concerning budget

    January 24, 2011 3:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Provost John Maxwell Hamilton used empty seats to express his concerns about the LSU budget. Speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club, Hamilton had 140 chairs arranged behind him. He says the seats each represent a faculty member LSU has lost since budget cuts started two... more »
  • LSU Provost to speak at Press Club

    January 24, 2011 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU Provost John Maxwell Hamilton will be the guest speaker at today's Press Club of Baton Rouge Luncheon. We will be there to update information he gives concerning things like state budget cuts and the impact to the BR campus and athletics. Some LSU leaders have recently talked... more »
  • Jindal proposes consitutional protection for TOPS

    January 19, 2011 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing a constitutional protection for the state's popular free college tuition program, known as TOPS. Jindal's proposal, announced Wednesday, comes even as complaints have risen that such funding dedications make budget cutting decisions more difficult because it limits the dollars available to cut.... more »
  • Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site to re-open

    December 28, 2010 5:50 PM

    PLAQUEMINE, La.- A piece of history in Iberville parish is scheduled to reopen early next year. The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site closed six months ago because of state budget cuts. In hopes of improving tourism, officials with the city, parish and state agreed to share responsibility and... more »
  • Plaquemine Lock SHS to reopen next week

    December 28, 2010 12:16 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site will re-open to visitors early in the new year. In July the lock was placed on “caretaker status” because of state budget cuts, making it available to visit by appointment only. The Lock will re-open on Jan. 5, with operating hours... more »
  • CATS bus cuts outrage riders

    December 20, 2010 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After the Capital Area Transit System's recent announcement of a $1.2 million budget shortfall for 2011, many bus riders are livid with the system's plan to balance the books. Monday, CATS detailed the ways they will keep the company out of the red. The plan calls to... more »
  • CFO: EBR schools face 'worst cuts ever'

    December 14, 2010 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers, supplemental programs, learning materials-- nothing is off the table when it comes to cuts that will have to be made to East Baton Rouge Public Schools next year according to James Crochet, Chief Financial Officer of the system. "This fiscal year and next fiscal year... more »
  • Coalition wants LSU out of civil service system

    December 13, 2010 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of businessmen says LSU's main campus shouldn't have to meet the job protections, retirement provisions, health benefits and construction rules that govern other state agencies. The Louisiana Flagship Coalition estimates its proposals to remove LSU from the state procurement code, pension rules, facilities management and... more »
  • Coalition suggests overhaul to LSU operations

    December 7, 2010 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A meeting between business leaders and Governor Bobby Jindal about higher education funding ended with a recommendation to completely overhaul how LSU is allowed to operate under state law. And according to the governor and the Louisiana Flagship Coalition, the savings are worth it. The Flagship... more »
  • La. drops use of Christmas trees to save coast

    December 4, 2010 9:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The tough economy is putting the ax to an annual act of collective self-preservation in Louisiana: A state program to bundle used Christmas trees and place them in the marsh to help stop the state's crumbling coast from disappearing. Since 1991, the state has collected more than... more »
  • Governor hosts meeting about higher education

    November 30, 2010 10:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal met with higher-education leaders for what the group calls a "brainstorming session." The governor and leaders in higher education want to find ways to fill the almost two billion dollar hole in next year's budget without causing catastrophic damage to colleges and universities. ... more »

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