Louisiana Budget http://wwno.org en Louisiana Legislature Ends Regular Session http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-legislature-ends-regular-session <p>BATON ROUGE &mdash; Louisiana lawmakers have shut down their regular legislative session, ending three months of bitter disputes over budgets, education and retirement. Gov. Bobby Jindal won a big victory for his overhaul of the state education system despite divisions between the GOP governor and some House Republicans.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:35:26 +0000 The Associated Press 12876 at http://wwno.org House Plans to Debate $25B Budget for Next Year http://wwno.org/post/house-plans-debate-25b-budget-next-year <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) &mdash; The Louisiana House expects to spend much of the day Thursday debating next year&#39;s $25 billion budget.</p><p>The spending plans would pay for agency operating expenses and programs in the new fiscal year that begins July 1.</p><p>At issue among conservative lawmakers is how much one-time money they want to patch into the budget, versus how deeply they want to cut. On the chopping block and most vulnerable to further reductions are health care services and public college programs.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 16:43:18 +0000 The Associated Press 10741 at http://wwno.org House Committee Crafts $25B Budget for Next Year http://wwno.org/post/house-committee-crafts-25b-budget-next-year <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) &mdash; The House budget-writing committee has patched together a $25 billion budget for next year that would cut public colleges and health care services, force state worker layoffs and continue privatization efforts in state agencies. Conservative lawmakers say the cuts included in the 2012-13 spending plans don&#39;t go far enough.<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 14:36:18 +0000 The Associated Press 10014 at http://wwno.org