The Mardi Gras calendar is disrupting lawmakers' review of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal.
Rep. Jim Fannin, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said he wanted to start combing through the governor's spending recommendations during the first week of March. But he says he couldn't compete with Fat Tuesday, which also falls that week.
Fannin says he didn't think it was a good idea to hold budget hearings if many of the committee members were absent, attending Mardi Gras parades.
If you are among the thousands of uninsured residents in the metro area, here's a heads up: the deadline to sign up for health insurance and receive coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching.
Susan Todd, executive director of 504HealthNet, which provides support to a network of healthcare providers in the greater New Orleans area, has tips on how to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and info on why you should sign up sooner rather than later.
Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 8:40 am
As reporters and analysts dug deeper into the state budget proposal this week, the plan was scrutinized for it's creative financing, including using the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund as a pass-through account.