state budget en 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 & Melinda Deslatte 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 Fact Check: Completing Nichols' Numbers On the Jim Engster Show Thursday morning, Division of Administration Commissioner Kristy Nichols relied on talking points that have been repeated by officials in the Jindal administration.&#160;<p><a href=" Fact Check_KCWrap.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Commissioner has cherry-picked her facts.</span><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:28:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 30257 at Author A.E. Hotchner; Professors Kirby Goidel and Geoff Nagle Jim speaks with Ernest Hemingway biographer A.E. Hotchner about his latest book "O.J. in the Morning, G&#38;T at Night".<p>Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols discusses Governor Jindal's budget and tax reform proposals.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:49:00 +0000 Jim Engster 30164 at Jindal's Tax Plan May Be Unconstitutional <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p>Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are voicing their skepticism of Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax overhauls. The forum this morning: an annual pre-session briefing hosted by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.<p>Jim Patterson of LABI kicked off the presentation with what he’s heard from legislators about their private talks with Governor regarding his still unreleased tax overhauls. "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">[</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">] does want to conform the local sales tax base to the state tax base," Patterson said. "This will help local governments to absorb what are going to be some relegation of services by the state to them.</span><p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 30097 at A look at what tax breaks cost Louisiana <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Louisiana gives out about $4.4 billion in tax breaks to businesses and individuals each year. A look at the major categories of taxes collected and tax exemptions in the just-ended 2011-12 budget year, according to estimates from the state revenue department:</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; "><strong>Corporate Income Taxes:</strong></p> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:39:54 +0000 The Associated Press 16282 at