state government http://wwno.org en Insight: Jindal Budget Mixes Shrinking Federal Allocations with Rosy State Revenues http://wwno.org/post/insight-jindal-budget-mixes-shrinking-federal-allocations-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="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/04/013114_AnalysisSue_AJ2way.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:36:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 53148 at http://wwno.org State Offices In 56 Parishes Closed On Tuesday http://wwno.org/post/state-offices-56-parishes-closed-tuesday <p>State government offices in 56 parishes will be shuttered Tuesday due to the winter storm forecasted to spread snow, sleet and freezing rain across much of Louisiana.</p><p>There are 64 parishes in Louisiana.</p><p>The announcement by state Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols cited expected power outages and dangerous driving conditions in the decision to close the offices in the following parishes:<span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18.66666603088379px; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:12:13 +0000 Jason Saul 52877 at http://wwno.org Louisiana continues to shed state government jobs http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-continues-shed-state-government-jobs <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A total of 173 state employees have been laid off in the first two months of the fiscal year that started July 1.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Lindsay Ruiz de Chavez, with the state Department of Civil Service, tells The Times-Picayune that the latest figures show that from July 1, 2008, to Aug. 31 of this year, 2,373 jobs have been abolished.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:46:03 +0000 The Associated Press 20234 at http://wwno.org Attorney General: Jindal outsourcing plan needs legislative approval http://wwno.org/post/attorney-general-jindal-outsourcing-plan-needs-legislative-approval <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The Louisiana attorney general's office says a Jindal administration plan to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan requires legislative approval.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:38:47 +0000 The Associated Press 20043 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 offices closed across La. today http://wwno.org/post/state-offices-closed-across-la-today <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Because of Hurricane Isaac, state government offices will be closed throughout Louisiana on Wednesday.</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 said officials are watching the progress of the storm and may make further announcements about office closings.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:01:15 +0000 The Associated Press 18873 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 Louisiana boards and commissions near 500 http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-boards-and-commissions-near-500 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Despite efforts to shrink the number of Louisiana's governing boards and commissions, the total of such panels is higher now than when Gov. Bobby Jindal took office in 2008.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">That's according to a review by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office released this week.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:38:30 +0000 The Associated Press 18247 at http://wwno.org Privatization of state agency yields early savings http://wwno.org/post/privatization-state-agency-yields-early-savings <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Legislative auditors say a contract with a private company based in Mandeville to privatize and run much of the claims processing and management handled by the state&#39;s Office of Risk Management has been producing results ahead of schedules.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:39:55 +0000 Sheila V Kumar | The Associated Press 16399 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