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  • Where are your tax dollars being "overspent" according to state officials?

    May 10, 2012 11:28 PM

    Nearing the end of the fiscal year, the state faces another deficit. $200-million this year and another projected $300-million next year. So, how are your tax dollars are being overspent? State Treasurer John Kennedy and the Jindal Administration offer separate opinions on how to cut back. "Should taxpayers be... more »
  • Major Construction Taking Place at UL

    January 12, 2012 4:03 PM

    After a much deserved break, thousands of UL Lafayette students returned to school Wednesday. This school year brings lots of excitement as UL has several major construction projects underway. Just last year, UL's new dorms became a reality and one week ago, the newsest dorms, Huger Hall opened.... more »
  • $25B La. budget wins final legislative passage

    June 22, 2011 5:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A nearly $25 billion budget to finance state government operations next year received final legislative passage Tuesday, wrapping up the largest outstanding work that needed completion before lawmakers can adjourn later this week. The House agreed to a final version of the 2011-12 budget with... more »
  • $147 Million In Federal Education Money Will Now Go To Fill In Budget Gaps

    November 10, 2010 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek has told school superintendents their districts won't receive an expected infusion of $147 million in federal education money. Instead, The Associated Press has learned that Pastorek told the superintendents in a Wednesday conference call that the Jindal administration plans... more »
  • La's new budget year begins Thursday

    July 1, 2010 4:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Louisiana's new budget year has started. The $26 billion budget that took effect Thursday includes 1,300 layoffs of state workers and accounts for a more than $1 billion drop in state general fund revenue. Reductions fall on social services, mental health care, the charity hospital system,... more »
  • Senate to take up budget bills

    June 18, 2010 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Gov. Bobby Jindal has returned to the Louisiana Capitol to try to broker a compromise on the state's budget. The Senate is scheduled to debate bills Friday that would close a half-billion dollar deficit in this year's budget and chart spending for state services and agencies... more »
  • Senate passes budget bills, backed by Jindal

    June 18, 2010 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The Louisiana Senate has passed its version of the $25 billion budget to finance state government next year and the plans have Gov. Bobby Jindal's backing. Jindal returned to the state Capitol on Friday to broker a budget compromise between the House and Senate. The governor... more »
  • Senate to account for third deficit in budget

    June 14, 2010 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The state doesn't officially have a third budget deficit this year, but senators say they will rebalance the budget to account for economists' predictions the state will have less money than estimated. Economists last week projected the state will end this year with at least a... more »
  • Senators rewrite House-backed budget plans

    June 14, 2010 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Senators have rewritten the state's budget bills to reverse House-proposed cuts to charity hospitals and colleges and to account for further drops in revenue that House leaders haven't acknowledged. To make the plans work, the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday used "rainy day" fund dollars and... more »
  • House speaker refuses to recognize deficit

    June 11, 2010 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The speaker of the state House is refusing to cut the state's income projections, despite economists' expectations the state will end the year with a budget defict. The refusal by House Speaker Jim Tucker to allow the Revenue Estimating Conference to revise its estimates Friday upended... more »
  • House tries to repeal rainy day fund statute

    June 10, 2010 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) House leaders are trying to gain ground in their dispute with the Senate over the state's "rainy day" fund by undoing the statute at the center of the complaint. Rep. Jim Fannin quietly slipped language into a Senate bill Wednesday that would repeal the part of... more »
  • La. budget picture gets grimmer

    June 10, 2010 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The state's already bleak budget picture is expected to get bleaker Friday. That's when the state's income forecasting panel the Revenue Estimating Conference is scheduled to adjust revenue projections. State economists already have said the state's current year budget woes are worse than the $319 million... more »
  • Senate budget panel plans to rework budget

    June 7, 2010 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The Senate's budget panel plans to pull together its recommendations for the state's $25 billion operating budget within a week. The chairman of that committee, Sen. Mike Michot, says the Senate version of the bill will look far more similar to the recommendations offered by Gov.... more »
  • House debates $25 billion budget

    June 4, 2010 5:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) House members are expecting a full day of grim discussions as they haggle Friday over the $25 billion budget bill to pay for state operations next year. The House and Senate remain in a near-stalemate over financing plans. To make the numbers work without using money... more »
  • House debates $25 billion budget

    June 4, 2010 5:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) House members expect a full day of haggling over the $25 billion budget bill to pay for state operations next year. House debate on the budget began Friday morning. The House and Senate remain in a near-stalemate over financing plans. To make the numbers work without... more »
  • La. House approves $25B budget that has deep cuts

    June 4, 2010 5:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The Louisiana House has backed a $25 billion budget bill that includes deep cuts to public hospitals, colleges and state agencies to remain balanced next year. It contains none of the dollars that are locked in a dispute with the Senate. The House voted 70-25 Friday... more »
  • Senate budget panel combs through House cuts

    June 1, 2010 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The governor's top financial adviser says the House budget panel balanced next year's budget with economic development dollars already obligated to business projects and with a possible miscalculation in the federal Medicaid money available to the state. Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis outlined her analysis Tuesday... more »
  • La. House begins moving budget despite dispute

    May 27, 2010 5:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The House's budget panel has ended its delay of the state's budget bill, agreeing to slash funding from colleges and charity hospitals to make the numbers work without using cash that is part of a dispute with the Senate. The center of the disagreement between House... more »
  • La. House begins moving budget despite dispute

    May 27, 2010 5:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The House's budget panel has ended its delay of the state's budget bill, agreeing to slash funding from colleges and charity hospitals to make the numbers work without using cash that is part of a dispute with the Senate. The center of the disagreement between House... more »
  • House to begin moving budget bills

    May 26, 2010 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The stalemate over the state budget bills is easing enough to get them moving. The House and Senate have not reached a compromise about how they want to deal with this year's budget deficit or craft spending plans for next year. But the House has decided... more »
  • House to begin moving budget Thursday

    May 26, 2010 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The Louisiana House is set to stop stalling the state's budget bills Thursday, when the chamber's budget panel wraps up its work on the spending measures. The scheduled action of the House Appropriations Committee doesn't indicate a deal has been reached between the House and Senate... more »
  • Budget dispute up for discussion Tuesday

    May 24, 2010 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) State House and Senate leaders don't agree on much when it comes to the budget debate. But they have agreed to attend a meeting of the state's income forecasting panel Tuesday and air their disagreements publicly. The planned meeting of the Revenue Estimating Conference comes as... more »
  • Jindal intervenes in budget stalemate

    May 24, 2010 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to broker a compromise between House and Senate leaders who are locked in a stalemate over the state's budget. Jindal was meeting with groups of legislative leaders Tuesday. He says he's not choosing sides, but is encouraging lawmakers to continue their... more »
  • Lawmaker wants ban on pay raises

    March 3, 2010 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A state lawmaker complains that state agencies might give their workers pay raises next year. Rep. John Schroder, a Republican from Covington, says government employees shouldn't get salary boosts while the state is cutting services and eliminating programs. The governor's budget proposal doesn't include money for... more »

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