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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
November 19, 2010 4:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - A joint legislative budget committee overwhelmingly rejected a Jindal Administration plan that some lawmakers call a "shell game".
The administration wanted to take $147 million dollars of federally designated education money and use some to help balance the state's budget after deep projected budget cuts for... more »
November 11, 2010 10:29 PM
Baton Rouge- The LSU AgCenter and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center say it's fair they caught a break from mid-year budget cuts.
The state ordered schools to cut another $35 million before the end of the school year. The main LSU campus was ready to shell-out $2.2 million, without... more »
November 11, 2010 1:45 PM
An editorial by WBRZ President Richard Manship about budget cuts to the state's higher education institutions. more »
November 10, 2010 6:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - You could hear the chants echo off buildings in downtown Baton Rouge as hundreds of students who flooded the Capitol steps sent a message to lawmakers and Governor Bobby Jindal: stop budget cuts.
"What do we want? FUNDING! When do we want it? NOW!" the crowd... more »
November 8, 2010 12:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - State Police will have extra patrols around the Sate Capitol Wednesday when students from a number of state-run colleges protest more budget cuts. "Some information received by the State Police suggests that a small number of individuals may attempt to disrupt the rally with unlawful actions," said... more »
November 7, 2010 4:08 PM
BATON ROUGE, La.- The Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors has voted to approve a $21 million midyear budget cut despite complaints from some students that their tuition dollars are being used to subsidize two research centers.
System President John Lombardi said the final decision Saturday was the result... more »
November 6, 2010 5:32 PM
Students begged LSU's Board of Supervisors not to make more cuts to the main campus Saturday morning, to no avail.
All but one on the board members approved the $21 million in cuts to LSU, which will affect classes, jobs, and even programs like Veterinary Science.
"Please, think... more »
November 5, 2010 8:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - State prison officials want to raise probation and parole fees by $10 to soften the blow of budget cuts. Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc told lawmakers Thursday that the increase would generate $3 million the agency sorely needs. Last year, the state's Division of Probation and... more »
November 3, 2010 4:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - An instructor in the Russian department at LSU has been given the go-ahead to teach her Russian class next semester for free. The class would have been lost due to budget cuts at LSU, but the instructor asked to be able to teach the course without compensation.... more »
November 2, 2010 6:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - The American Association of University Professors is asking LSU to undo the planned layoffs of 14 foreign language instructors. In a letter to LSU Chancellor Michael Martin last week, the organization complained about the treatment of the so-called "Foreign Language 14," who are losing their jobs in... more »
November 1, 2010 9:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - Student leaders at LSU finally got face-to-face with Governor Bobby Jindal today.
The students, who have collected 700 letters from classmates on budget cuts to higher education, have been trying to deliver those letters to Jindal since last week.
The students finally got a hold... more »
November 1, 2010 6:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Student leaders at LSU finally got face-to-face with Governor Bobby Jindal today.
The students, who have collected 700 letters from classmates on budget cuts to higher education, have been trying to deliver those letters to the governor.
Watch News 2 at 10 p.m. to find... more »
October 29, 2010 10:28 PM
LSU Student Government leaders tried to deliver protest letters about how state budget cuts are affecting the university.
The letters protest the $47 million in cuts to LSU over the past two years.
Recently, Student Government president J Hudson challenged Jindal to stay off the campaign trail to... more »
October 25, 2010 2:36 PM
The state's health secretary says he doesn't have a new timeline for when the Jindal administration plans to begin changes to the way Louisiana delivers health care to the poor through the Medicaid program. Concerns by health providers and lawmakers stalled the pilot program, which was supposed to begin in... more »
October 22, 2010 3:56 PM
Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order reducing expenditures in state government to make up for a budget deficit of nearly $107,000,000.
The following is a break down of the cuts.
Executive Department- $6,094,311
Secretary of State- $2,430,964
Office of Attorney General- $350,000... more »
October 18, 2010 11:01 AM
LSU's student body president says Gov. Bobby Jindal spends more time out of state than in Louisiana - so he sent a New Hampshire newspaper a personal plea to Jindal asking him to come home and work on the state's budget problems. In his letter to The Keene Sentinel, J... more »
October 14, 2010 7:34 AM
The state Department of Corrections is contemplating the sale of prisons to cut costs during difficult budget times. State Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says everything has been put on the table, and he's looking for creative ways to chop his budget. The Jindal administration is in the midst of trimming... more »
October 11, 2010 4:11 PM
Termination notices that went out to LSU instructors about a month ago could have far-reaching effects, according to a recent article in the school newspaper.
The Daily Reveille reported this week that the notices, which had been sent to inform instructors they'd be fired next year if projected budget... more »
October 8, 2010 6:46 PM
Southern University is hoping gridiron action can help ease budget cuts.
The goal is $90,000, and Southern hopes its annual radiothon can benefit from fans in town for the homecoming game.
News 2’s Stephanie Ryan got answers on why the money is important, especially this year. more »
October 7, 2010 5:34 PM
LSU faculty and students showed up in groups today to protest budget cuts in a New Orleans-styled jazz funeral.
The sounds of horns wailed across the LSU Parade Ground as hundreds slowly marched in protest of the looming budget cuts. The brassy notes memorialized a list of foreign languages... more »
October 5, 2010 4:17 PM
The Jindal administration is asking agencies to begin prepping for another possible round of midyear budget cuts, totaling nearly $200 million. That's in case the state loses a lawsuit over its use of the "rainy day" fund to balance last year's budget. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says he'll give... more »
October 5, 2010 6:13 AM
The threat of more state budget cuts to higher education has moved one group of Louisiana-Lafayette students, tired of rising tuition rates, to rally against cuts this week. Links for Literacy hopes to raise awareness of budget cuts and the possibility of new ones this winter. Jennifer Saputo, a member... more »
September 20, 2010 6:49 PM
The State Board of Regents is wasting no time getting ready for next year’s budget cuts at colleges and universities. That’s when federal money will run out.
News 2’s Mike Steele got answers on what’s being done starting now. more »
September 17, 2010 2:28 PM
LSU System President John Lombardi is confident the search for a new chancellor at the University of New Orleans will attract high-profile candidates despite the threat of deep budget cuts and the contentious departure of the man who held the job for seven years. Lombardi visited the New Orleans campus... more »
September 16, 2010 12:15 PM
UPDATE: The chancellor of the University of New Orleans said Thursday that he was relieved of his duties by the LSU system, which runs UNO. Timothy Ryan said LSU system president John Lombardi summoned him to the system's flagship Baton Rouge campus and told him Thursday morning that he was... more »