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  • Edwards calls on lawmakers to use rainy day fund Play Video

    February 14, 2017 12:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards urged lawmakers to use Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to help eliminate a $304 million budget gap as the House and Senate opened a deficit-closing special session called by the governor. Edwards told lawmakers Monday night that their mission was to stabilize the budget... more »
  • Decision on size of Louisiana budget gap pushed to January

    December 13, 2016 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's income forecasting panel has delayed until January a decision on how deeply to downgrade the state's tax collection estimates. The move stalls creation of a new financial gap that would force deep cuts and budget rebalancing within a month. Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief budget adviser... more »
  • Edwards administration warning $313M budget gap could grow

    October 28, 2016 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief budget architect says he fears Louisiana won't meet its income forecast this year, heaping new financial problems on a state already facing a $313 million deficit from last year. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told state lawmakers Friday that economists have been... more »
  • Louisiana revenue forecasts drop again; Budget gap at $850M

    February 10, 2016 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's budget gap has grown worse, now projected at around $850 million, with only four months remaining to rebalance the spending plan. The state income forecasting panel downgraded tax revenue projections Wednesday, with economists saying collections across nearly all tax types are far lower than expected.... more »
  • La. elected officials say Jindal budget leaves service gaps

    March 18, 2015 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Secretary of State Tom Schedler says the governor's spending proposal for the upcoming budget year doesn't include money to pay for Louisiana to hold a presidential primary. Schedler told the House Appropriations Committee that Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget also would force him to shutter his voter outreach division... more »
  • A look at Jindal's proposal to close the $1.6B budget gap

    February 27, 2015 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to close the gap with savings from lessened tax break spending, piecemeal financing and cuts across state agencies. Here's how Jindal proposes to address the shortfall: -Cap... more »
  • Lawmakers support most of Jindal plan to close midyear gap

    February 20, 2015 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers complained, but didn't reverse $61 million in cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal levied across state agencies to close a midyear deficit. Members of the Legislature's joint budget committee raised objections Friday to reductions to state parks, agriculture programs and health care services. But they couldn't get... more »
  • Next year's state budget shortfall pegged at $1.2B

    August 14, 2014 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have gotten their first glimpse of next year's budget gap that they'll have to close, and it's another hefty shortfall: $1.2 billion. The grim news was delivered Thursday to the joint legislative budget committee. It barely raised eyebrows at the committee hearing, after more than... more »
  • Together BR to discuss "grocery gap"

    July 28, 2014 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Together Baton Rouge will hold a public meeting Monday night to discuss the "grocery gap" in East Baton Rouge Parish. The EBR Food Access Policy Commission was started by Together BR and the Mayor's Health City Initiative to address the lack of grocery stores in some... more »

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