state budget en The 54-Million-Dollar Question: FY 2015 <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Louisiana Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield urges Revenue Estimating Conference to keep questioned income in forecast." data-attribution="Credit Sue Lincoln" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p>The Revenue Estimating Conference, the state’s official income predictors, met Monday afternoon to adopt new revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.<p>LSU economist Dr. Jim Richardson had immediate concerns about the Jindal administration’s numbers, which included $54-million extra in anticipated tax collections.<p> Tue, 20 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61014 at Jindal To Use $74M In Savings Ideas Next Year <p>Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration outlined plans to shrink spending across state government by $74 million dollars in the upcoming budget year that begins July 1.</p><p>Ideas include: Thinner asphalt for some paving projects, fewer toll-free numbers across state agencies, allowing pregnant women on Medicaid to use midwives instead of traditional, more expensive delivery rooms, and expanded rehabilitation programs for inmates.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:34:32 +0000 Associated Press 60604 at House Reallocates Education Dollars <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>If there was a theme to “Budget Day” in the Louisiana House, it could be summed up by Thursday’s oft-heard refrain, “If we don’t do it, the Senate’s going to do it.”<p>There wasn’t a lot House members <em>could</em> do to alter the allocations, until they got to the Department of Education section. Because House Appropriations had forwarded the budget bill, HB 1, to the full House <em>before</em> the Senate Education Committee rejected the MFP, House members now had $70-million to play with.<p> Fri, 09 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 60403 at House Spending Full Day on Budget <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It’s budget day for the full House, and lawmakers are not looking forward to grappling with the $26-billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July first.<p>“I don’t see any scenario where I can vote for the budget,” Representative Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) says of the plan.<p> Thu, 08 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 60305 at Public Invited for State Budget Input <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>As the sixth week of the twelve week session begins, the budget takes center stage on Monday and Tuesday.<p>“Our public comment days are April the 14<sup>th</sup> and April the 15<sup>th</sup>,” explains House Appropriations chairman Jim Fannin. And he says they will work into the evening both days, to ensure everyone can be heard.<p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 58422 at Insight: Jindal Budget Team Gets Creative to Make Ends Meet 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.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:37:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 54422 at Insight: Jindal Budget Mixes Shrinking Federal Allocations with Rosy State Revenues With all the sleet and freezing rain that seized up our brains in the past week, it would be easy to forget that in the midst of the first sneaux day last Friday, the Jindal administration presented its budget proposal. The budget is approximately $25 billion. And that’s about $600 million less than the spending for the current fiscal year.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:36:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 53148 at Insight: An Almost Balanced Budget Mid-Year The Revenue Estimating Conference, which crunches the numbers on the state’s income every year, announced on Wednesday that revenues are $35 million short of what was expected for 2013-2014. But for the first time since Gov. Bobby Jindal took office, there should be no mid-year cuts to Louisiana's budget.<p>&#160;<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 52234 at House Overwhelmingly Backs State Budget Compromise With a 95-3 vote, a nearly $25 billion budget is heading to the Senate for approval after days of negotiations. But it’s not the plan Gov. Bobby Jindal wanted.<p> Fri, 10 May 2013 22:32:00 +0000 editor 35120 at FRIDAY: State Treasurer John Kennedy, Nutrition Expert Neal Barnard Jim talks with State Treasurer John Kennedy about Governor Jindal's proposed 2013 state budget. Kennedy thinks aspects of it will not work.<p>Nutrition expert Dr. Neal Barnard on his book "Power Foods for the Brain".<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:10:00 +0000 editor 30289 at