Paul Rainwater http://wwno.org en Louisiana has $130M left over from last year http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-has-130m-left-over-last-year <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The Legislature's chief economist says Louisiana closed the last fiscal year with a surplus of $180 million.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Greg Albrecht gave the news to the state income forecasting panel, the Revenue Estimating Conference, on Thursday.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:20:45 +0000 The Associated Press 20407 at http://wwno.org State looks to hire private agency to collect debts http://wwno.org/post/state-looks-hire-private-agency-collect-debts <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief budget aide says he wants to hire a private company to advise him on the best way to collect more than $1 billion owed to state government.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:47:56 +0000 The Associated Press 19874 at http://wwno.org State government offices to close in 22 parishes http://wwno.org/post/state-government-offices-close-22-parishes <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">State government offices across 22 parishes will shut down Tuesday and Wednesday because of Tropical Storm Isaac, expected to grow into a hurricane.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater on Monday announced the closures, which cover parishes in the tropical storm warning, hurricane watch and hurricane warning areas.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 23:37:49 +0000 The Associated Press 18676 at http://wwno.org State considering ways to boost debt collection http://wwno.org/post/state-considering-ways-boost-debt-collection <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">State officials are looking at ways to beef up efforts to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in debts owed to agencies across Louisiana government.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Louisiana doesn&#39;t have a centralized collection agency that handles all state government debts.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:32:39 +0000 The Associated Press 15618 at http://wwno.org Jindal continues state's partial hiring freeze http://wwno.org/post/jindal-continues-states-partial-hiring-freeze <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">In what is becoming an annual ritual, Gov. Bobby Jindal has again issued a partial hiring freeze on executive branch agencies in state government.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The hiring freeze covers the 2012-13 fiscal year that began July 1.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:47:47 +0000 The Associated Press 15550 at http://wwno.org