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Sep 21, 2009 12:01 PM by sleonard

Big 3 Stories: Monday, September 21, 2009

Our BIG 3 STORIES for Monday, September 21st: 

 Governor Bobby Jindal is projecting a one-billion-dollar cut from the state budget. Much of it will come from higher education and health care.
     Last year higher education was cut by 120-million-dollars, and this year the Governor is proposing an additional 140-million-dollar cut.
     District 45 State Representative Joel Robideaux thinks UL balances their budget well, but the budget cuts are state-wide for all universities and we don't know yet, where the budget ax will fall. Robideaux says the cuts are at the University's discretion which could be things like furloughs or personnel cuts.
     The good news is that the Governor has set up a commission to look at the budget to see if ,come time for the session, legislators can bring the amount down. Senators are preparing to offer changes to the health care reform bill that was proposed last week.

Extreme skepticism; Republicans are reacting to President Barack Obama's campaign for health care reform on the Sunday news shows.
      Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to change the plan put forward by senate finance committee chairman Max Baucus. Meantime, President Barack Obama continues his fight for universal health care on the airwaves. Five interviews on five networks, the purpose of Sunday morning's marathon was to convince Americans that health care reform has to happen this year - something he admitted hasn't been easy.
     President Obama has become the face behind the charge for reform, but some believe it could be  too much: "Americans want to hear from their President, they want to hear from Barrack Obama but if you're in their faces a lot, they tend to lean back not lean toward you when they're listening to you.", said Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University , Professor David Gergen.

Finally, in the  "Battle for the Basin", the Cajuns and Tigers tackled another sold out show in Death Valley. A sea of purple and gold and vermilion and white filled Baton Rouge. It was the 22nd meeting of the Cajuns and Tigers and once again, the Cajuns were defeated.


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