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  • 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 »
  • Superintendent worries student testing money is threatened

    February 23, 2015 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Education Superintendent John White says he's concerned Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal will strip dollars for student testing. Jindal opposes Louisiana's use of testing tied to the Common Core education standards. But Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish says no such cuts are proposed in the governor's... more »
  • Lawmakers say TOPS cuts not on the table

    February 23, 2015 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers said at a higher education conference in Baton Rouge Monday that cuts to the popular scholarship program TOPS are not on the table as the legislature prepares to grapple with a massive state budget deficit. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, Senate education chairman Conrad Appel and... more »
  • LSU asks for budget input on new website

    February 13, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University launched a website Friday detailing the dire budget situation the school is facing and asked for help finding ways to save money. The budget site lays out LSU's proposed share of $383 million in higher education cuts being discussed among lawmakers and the... more »
  • Mason: Southern can't survive proposed cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2015 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University's system president said proposed cuts to their budget could break the SU System next year. Dr. Ronald Mason said Friday the Baton Rouge campus was already working on plans for a projected $8 million in cuts in next year's budget, only to find out... more »
  • Health care services threatened with deep cuts next year

    February 13, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration looks to balance next year's budget, Louisiana's health care programs are threatened with even steeper cuts than the higher education slashing that has caused such worry. Cuts for services that take care of the poor, elderly and disabled could reach up to... 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 »
  • Jindal quiet about higher ed cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 27, 2015 6:47 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Big cuts are on the way for higher education, but Governor Bobby Jindal isn't saying much about what those cuts will look like. "It's too early to speculate," said Jindal, "certainly the agencies are looking for every opportunity to be more efficient. Everything's on the table." Tuesday... 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 »
  • Fort Polk draws support against cuts

    September 29, 2014 3:31 AM

    FORT POLK - Once more, Fort Polk has drawn more support than any other base facing potential cuts. Fort Polk Progress, a nonprofit created to advocate for the base, says Army Environmental Command got more than 111,200 comments from 30 communities nationwide - and 34,619 were against cuts at Fort... 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 »
  • Jindal proposes boost to higher education funding

    January 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After six years of cuts, Louisiana's public colleges stand to gain $142 million in increased funding under Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal to be unveiled later this week. Jindal on Tuesday announced his recommendations for financing Louisiana's colleges in the fiscal year that begins July 1. He... more »
  • Food stamp cuts go into effect

    November 1, 2013 8:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Food stamp benefits are set to drop today for more than 47 million Americans. A temporary benefit from the 2009 economic stimulus that boosts food stamp dollars will no longer be available. The Department of Children and Family Services says the cuts will impact some 388,000... more »
  • Grambling football dispute draws attention to cuts

    October 22, 2013 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The leader of Grambling State University says a nearly weeklong boycott by the university's football team has drawn awareness to the campus's financial struggles and drummed up donation interest around the country. Grambling President Frank Pogue told his university system's board Tuesday that he's using the national attention... 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 »
  • Saints use IR, PUP to help trim roster to 75

    August 27, 2013 6:17 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have placed linebackers Will Smith and Chris Chamberlain and receiver Joseph Morgan on injured reserve, designated linebacker Victor Butler as physically unable to perform and cut three players. The Saints have also added two players - trading with San Francisco for linebacker Parys Haralson... more »
  • Falcons cut 3 more to get to 75-player limit

    August 26, 2013 9:38 AM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have completed their latest round of cuts by waiving receivers Rashad Evans, Marcus Jackson and Marcus Sales. The cuts announced Monday came after the team waived 11 players the previous day. The roster now stands at 75 heading into Thursday's final... more »
  • Hundreds of Entergy layoffs to hit Louisiana

    July 30, 2013 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy announced this week they would lay off 800 employees to cut costs company-wide, and that a quarter of those layoffs would happen in Louisiana. A spokesperson for Entergy said around 240 positions would be eliminated in Louisiana, with 25 of those happening in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • CBO: Reversing cuts would boost jobs, economy

    July 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new study says that reversing more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts hitting the economy this year and next would boost the economy by 0.7 percent and increase employment by 900,000 jobs. The Congressional Budget Office study is similar to prior estimates by the agency. The... more »
  • Obama: House GOP budget is 'bad bargain'

    July 25, 2013 3:49 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Barack Obama says the House Republican budget is a "bad bargain" for the middle class. Obama says the House GOP wants to cut spending on education, science and clean energy when the country should be investing in those sectors. He says cutting back in those areas... more »
  • Landrieu bill bans some religion-based fund cuts

    July 11, 2013 2:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has introduced a bill to forbid the federal government from withholding money from programs whose participants engage in voluntary religious activity. The Louisiana Democrat introduced the Freedom to Pray Act on Thursday. Landrieu says she has been working on it since a constituent told... 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 »
  • Amid Army cuts, Fort Polk will see small reduction

    June 25, 2013 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Members of Louisiana's congressional delegation say Fort Polk will lose fewer than 250 troops as the Army moves ahead with restructuring plans that will cut 80,000 nationally. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and Rep. John Fleming claimed it as a victory for the base's supporters. ... 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 »
  • White House threatens veto of House farm bill

    June 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, 5-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry. The House is preparing to consider the bill this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion annually from food... more »
  • Senators rework $25B budget, reverse House cuts

    May 29, 2013 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate's budget-writing committee has taken its turn at next year's $25 billion spending plan, adding $350 million in state dollars to reverse many cuts sought by the House. The 2013-14 budget proposal backed by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday looks quite different from the House... more »
  • Delgado, Nunez community colleges to lay off staff

    May 8, 2013 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Delgado Community College in New Orleans plans to lay off more than a hundred employees, including dozens of faculty members, while Nunez Community College in Chalmette also is letting go staff. Both moves were approved Wednesday by the schools' governing board and come as the campuses seek... more »
  • House committee working on 2013-14 budget

    April 29, 2013 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are making their first changes to Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.7 billion budget proposal for next year in the House Appropriations Committee. Among the largest points of contention for Monday's committee hearing is whether to use piecemeal financing from land sales, legal settlements and fund sweeps... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Coca-Cola to cut 750 jobs in US

    March 21, 2013 9:28 AM

    NEW YORK - Coca-Cola says it's cutting 750 jobs in the U.S. as it continues to streamline its business. The world's biggest beverage maker says the jobs cuts will be across the board and that affected individuals will be notified in coming weeks. The cuts represent roughly 1 percent of... 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 »
  • Obama: We will get through cuts

    March 1, 2013 10:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Americans will get through the automatic spending cuts kicking in Friday. Obama says the nation shouldn't be making "dumb and arbitrary" cuts. He says Republicans have allowed the cuts to happen. Obama stays he still believes the cuts can be replaced, but he wants... more »
  • Expert testifies BP cuts led to Gulf oil disaster

    February 26, 2013 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The first testimony in the civil trial over the Gulf oil spill came from an expert who said he found evidence the company's penchant for cutting costs led to the disaster. Robert Bea, a University of California Berkeley engineering professor, said BP PLC did not put... more »
  • Jindal budget calls for $424M in one-time cash

    February 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers questioned Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration today about decisions in their proposed budget for next year. Jindal's $24.7 billion budget calls for the use of $424 million in one-time cash and college tuition increases to prevent deeper cuts to higher education. Commissioner of Administration Kristy... more »
  • Saints cut TE Thomas, CB Patrick

    February 19, 2013 5:25 PM

    METAIRIE - New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has cut veteran tight end David Thomas and third-year cornerback Johnny Patrick. Loomis says releasing Thomas on Tuesday was an "extremely difficult decision," given seven-year veteran's leadership and versatility, which allowed him to fill in at several... 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 »
  • Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

    February 6, 2013 7:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the cut, beginning in August, would mean a cost saving of about... more »
  • Vigil planned to protest Medicaid hospice cut

    January 23, 2013 5:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Families of the terminally ill and health care workers are holding a protest of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to shutter the state's Medicaid hospice program in February. Supporters of the program, which provides at-home, end-of-life care for people who can't afford private insurance coverage, scheduled a... more »
  • Obama: Debt limit increase can't be tied to spending cuts

    January 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is demanding that Congress quickly raise the nation's $16.4 trillion debt limit, telling reporters, "we are not a deadbeat nation." At a White House news conference less than a week before he takes the oath of office for a second term, Obama warned that if... more »
  • Women's shelters hard-hit by state budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 4, 2013 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Last week Governor Jindal cut the Department of Children and Family Services by more than 20 percent. Now those cuts are trickling down to domestic violence shelters. "I felt like I had been kicked. It's such a devastating feeling," said Audrey Wascome, the interim director for... more »
  • Jindal administration makes cuts across agencies check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 14, 2012 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is using a mix of cuts, one-time patches and hiring freeze savings to close a nearly $166 million budget gap. Cuts are planned to doctors and hospitals that care for Medicaid patients. Programs that provide hospice care for the poor and disabled and dental... more »
  • White House asks agencies to plan for fiscal cliff

    December 5, 2012 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House budget office has asked federal agencies to calculate more than $100 billion in spending cuts that would go into effect in January if Congress and the Obama administration fail to reach agreement to avert the looming fiscal cliff. White House press secretary Jay Carney said... more »
  • Congress- nude protest

    November 27, 2012 7:36 PM

    Three women who took their clothes off in Congress to protest potential cuts in HIV programs were arrested. They said they wanted to highlight the "naked truth" and linked arms with four men who also stripped down as part of the protest. The women had the words "AIDS cuts kill"... more »
  • Meals on wheels says budget crisis puts them in jeopardy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 15, 2012 6:21 PM

    Meals on wheels in Baton Rouge says the state budget crisis could put the program in jeopardy. Last week Governor Jindal denied a $140,000 grant for the agency. To help keep the service running employees are donating an hour-of pay from their paychecks. The program, which is a... more »
  • Buffett says fiscal cliff won't trigger recession

    November 14, 2012 3:28 PM

    OMAHA, Neb. - Investor Warren Buffett says there won't be a recession if Congress can't resolve the so-called fiscal cliff before the automatic tax increases and spending cuts take effect in January. Buffett told CNN on Wednesday that the U.S. economy is very resilient, and it won't collapse if lawmakers... more »
  • Labor heads say Obama backs them on 'fiscal cliff'

    November 13, 2012 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Labor leaders say President Barack Obama remains committed to preserving tax cuts for middle class families and ensuring that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes. The leaders of labor unions met with Obama Tuesday to discuss ways of averting the so-called "fiscal cliff" and find consensus on... more »
  • Congress faces agenda of unfinished business

    November 12, 2012 2:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts. One week after the elections, Republicans and Democrats face a daunting task in a... more »
  • Iberia school board: Halt federal cuts

    November 8, 2012 8:01 AM

    NEW IBERIA - The Iberia Parish School Board has voted to support a resolution asking Congress to prevent $810,000 in cuts from impacting the school system's budget as it relates to funding for special education. Superintendent of Schools Dale Henderson says the 2011 federal Budget Control Act includes automatic... more »
  • Fitch Ratings warns Obama must get deficit deal

    November 7, 2012 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - Fitch Ratings says President Barack Obama must pivot off his re-election victory and quickly forge an agreement with Congress to prevent a series of tax increases and spending cuts that kick in next year. The credit rating agency issued a news release Wednesday - hours after Obama won... more »
  • Louisiana's doctors worry about LSU hospital cuts

    October 30, 2012 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's doctors are complaining about a lack of detail and preparation as LSU slashes spending in cuts that affect training programs for the state's future physicians. Andy Blalock, president of the Louisiana State Medical Society, told The Advocate the cuts mean the state's "best and brightest" medical... more »
  • Pharmacists: Medicaid changes could shut them down

    October 30, 2012 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Community pharmacists say changes to Medicaid reimbursement rules don't address their complaints that the cuts could jeopardize their ability to remain open. The state's health secretary, Bruce Greenstein, said last week that revisions made in response to pharmacies' complaints should quell the backlash. But The Advocate reports... more »
  • Special session push fails to gain Senate support

    October 26, 2012 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - An attempt to get lawmakers into special session to consider reversing Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent cuts to health care programs and a state prison has failed to win enough support. State senators blocked the effort. Thibodaux Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard needed 13 senators to sign onto... more »
  • Southern to shed 2 programs

    October 25, 2012 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Board of Regents has given Southern University permission to drop its master of arts in mass communication degree in a budget-cutting move that provoked the ire of faculty when the idea was first floated months ago. Karen Denby, regents associate commissioner for academic affairs,... 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 »
  • Rival: New Baton Rouge casino cuts others' revenue

    October 21, 2012 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new Baton Rouge casino is taking revenue away from casinos not only in Baton Rouge but in New Orleans and Mississippi, says the manager of a rival gambling hall. The L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, which opened Sept. 1, reaped $13.3 million in revenue, The... 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 »
  • Lawmakers call special session request waste of money

    October 8, 2012 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Top state lawmakers called the request for a special legislative session over healthcare cuts "unnecessary" and "an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars" today. State House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, and Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, made the comments in a a joint statement released today,... more »
  • Deeper cuts coming to LSU hospitals check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 4, 2012 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU governing board has agreed to deepen cuts to the university-run public hospitals by another $152 million. The cuts will fall across seven south Louisiana hospitals, eliminating dozens of inpatient beds and 1,500 jobs. Hospital system leader Frank Opelka outlined the budget cuts Thursday, and the LSU... more »
  • Romney decries impending defense spending cuts

    September 27, 2012 3:17 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Mitt Romney is calling the across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January "a gun-to-your-head kind of approach." He says the deal President Barack Obama made with Congress "was a strange proposal in the first place," and he says "it's even stranger that we're seeing... more »
  • 13 defense executives bemoan uncertainty of cuts

    September 10, 2012 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Thirteen defense executives are complaining that the threat of automatic, across-the-board cuts to military spending is creating uncertainty that's already affected their industry. Seven senators released copies of the executives' letters on Monday. The six Republicans and independent Joe Lieberman are trying to ratchet up the political pressure... 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 »
  • Bipartisan warnings that U. S. budget sequester is coming

    August 7, 2012 2:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats are sounding the alarm: The budget sequester is coming and we have to do everything to stop it. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it will be devastating to the military. Manufacturers say it will mean the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. The White... more »
  • LSU comes up with temporary fix to limit cuts

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU health care leaders say they will use patchwork funding to keep their safety net hospitals open and lessen the blow of budget cuts that threatened to shutter facilities. Plans outlined to the university governing board Friday will cut about $50 million from public hospitals and clinics,... more »
  • Senate OKs Dem tax-cut bill in showdown with GOP

    July 25, 2012 4:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to approve a Democratic bill renewing tax cuts next year for all but the highest-earning Americans. The partisan 51-48 vote was a victory for Democrats and averted what would have been a campaign-season embarrassment for them and the White House. The bill closely follows... more »
  • Jindal hoping for more revenue to fill budget gap

    July 17, 2012 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Even with $523 million in announced health care cuts, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has slashed only two-thirds of the spending needed to close the entire gap in Louisiana's Medicaid budget. The administration is banking on better-than-expected revenue projections to close the remaining budget hole. If that doesn't... more »
  • Lawmakers seize on report detailing impact of cuts

    July 17, 2012 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats alike are pointing to a new report estimating that automatic budget cuts will cost the economy 2 million jobs. With five months to go before the across-the-board cuts kick in, the Aerospace Industries Association unveiled a report today that warned of job losses, billions of... more »
  • Report: 2M jobs lost if automatic cuts kick in

    July 17, 2012 9:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new report on the government's looming automatic spending cuts estimates they will cost the economy more than 2 million defense and domestic jobs. The study was done by Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason University and Chmura Economics and Analytics. It was conducted for the Aerospace... more »
  • La. health secretary says cuts expected by Friday

    July 11, 2012 7:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says he expects to announce by Friday how he'll divvy up $859 million in cuts to Louisiana's Medicaid program. The cut is tied to a congressional reduction in Louisiana's federal Medicaid financing rate. Greenstein didn't offer details Tuesday about... more »
  • La. health secretary says cuts expected by Friday

    July 10, 2012 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says he expects to announce by Friday how he'll divvy up $859 million in cuts to Louisiana's Medicaid program. The cut is tied to a congressional reduction in Louisiana's federal Medicaid financing rate. Greenstein didn't offer details Tuesday about what will... more »
  • Tone changes in Jindal administration over cuts

    July 3, 2012 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When a bloc of conservative state lawmakers pushed to strip money from the health department, the Jindal administration outcry was loud, suggesting the cuts could devastate health care services. A month later, the $859 million in budget cuts hitting the Medicaid program from new congressional action are... more »
  • College cuts becoming clearer check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 6, 2012 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The budget crisis is emerging at state colleges for next year. While the numbers alone don't seem damaging, it's the fourth year in a row higher education is taking a financial hit. Next year's budget burden is actually on the back-burner right now because universities are... more »
  • A look at La. college cuts by university system

    June 6, 2012 6:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The final version of the budget bills adjusting spending plans for this year and next year contained cuts for Louisiana colleges. Reductions are 2.6 percent across the board this year. They will be divided based on the higher education funding formula next year. The Board... more »
  • Universities planning for more cuts, despite lawmakers easing the blow check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The close of the legislative session also means another year of damage to higher education. Universities face a $70 million cut for next year, on top of slashing $25 million by the end of the month. One-time money and rainy day funds helped lessen the blow to... 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 »
  • Community and technical colleges could feel pinch check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 17, 2012 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Joe May says his schools are facing historic cuts. Louisiana House members reduced the budget by an additional $268 million dollars in an attempt to get rid of one-time dollars. Dr. May says that could result in $42 million... more »
  • Colleges, health care face cuts in House budget

    May 15, 2012 7:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the $25 billion budget proposal passed by the House could force steep cuts in public colleges and health care, damaging services. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater outlined his concerns Monday to the Senate Finance Committee. GOP lawmakers in the House... more »
  • Steep budget cuts possible for education and health care

    May 14, 2012 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the $25 billion budget proposal passed by the House could force steep cuts in public colleges and health care, damaging services. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater outlined his concerns Monday to the Senate Finance Committee. GOP lawmakers in the House... more »
  • La. colleges face deep cuts in House budget

    May 14, 2012 7:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public colleges say they will be forced to make steep cuts next year if state senators agree to the version of the $25 billion budget passed by the House. The governor's budget office says higher education would take cuts topping $200 million in the new fiscal... more »
  • Possible cuts to higher education could be devastating check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 12, 2012 9:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sweeping cuts could be made to higher education if Senators don't take action this week. State education leaders spent the weekend crunching numbers after the House passed HB One Friday and sent it to the Senate. The budget that the Senate will now take up shaves $225... more »
  • House OKs social programs cuts to aid Pentagon

    May 10, 2012 1:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House has passed legislation to replace a looming 10 percent cut to the military budget with cuts to domestic programs like food stamps and health care. The partisan 218-199 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it's a dead letter with Democratic leaders, who insist... more »
  • Budget proposes $71M in cuts to Louisiana colleges

    May 8, 2012 6:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public colleges are facing cuts of at least $71 million in next year's budget proposal, as it awaits debate on the House floor this week. Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell said Monday that college leaders will be pushing a bill to allow the schools to... 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 »
  • School cuts approved by Tangipahoa board

    April 18, 2012 7:38 AM

    AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has approved the continuation of a package of one-year cuts that should save the system $2 million during 2012-13. The cuts include suspending professional leaves, most medical leaves and not awarding annual pay increases known as step raises. Bret Schnadelbach, the system's financial... more »
  • State workforce cuts "devastating", union rep says

    February 10, 2012 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A representative from the state employee's union said today that job cuts in Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed budget could have "devastating" effects on the Baton Rouge and state economy. Leonal Hardman from the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees spoke to News 2 today... more »
  • Latest LSU health cuts to affect hundreds of jobs

    February 4, 2012 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The chief executive of LSU's hospital system says hundreds of system employees could lose their jobs as LSU moves to close a $29 million budget hole. LSU Health Care Services Division chief Roxane Townsend said 645 jobs will be affected with the planned closure of clinics and reductions... 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 »
  • CATS to run out of money by July check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 21, 2011 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish's public transit board says that if it doesn't find more financing, buses will stop rolling next summer. The Advocate reports that the CATS 2012 operating budget of $9.5 million only covers half the year. Board members pledged to try to find more... more »
  • Medicare Cuts to Doctors Loom in January

    December 20, 2011 7:23 PM

    Medicare sent an alert to some 650,000 doctors telling them it will hold claims for the first ten business days of 2012 unless Congress acts on the payroll tax legislation, which contains a provision waving a scheduled 27.4 percent cut in physician reimbursement. On Tuesday, the House adjourned without reaching... 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 »

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