budget http://wwno.org en City Imposes Tougher Consequences For Unpaid Sanitation Bills http://wwno.org/post/city-imposes-tougher-consequences-unpaid-sanitation-bills <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">Residents</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;"> and businesses who fail to pay their sanitation fees will have their water service shut off under a law passed Thursday by the City Council. The law was proposed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu as a way to boost collections and make up lost revenues from uncollected fees. Unpaid trash bills cost the city $8.5 million in 2011.</span></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Charles Maldonado 48619 at http://wwno.org A Year At Homer Plessy: Paying For Pre-K http://wwno.org/post/year-homer-plessy-paying-pre-k-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reporter <a href="http://eveabrams.com/" target="_blank">Eve Abrams</a> takes a look at the benefits and obstacles that are being faced by <a href="http://www.plessyschool.org/" target="_blank">Homer </a></span><a href="http://www.plessyschool.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Plessy Community School</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a new charter school on St. Claude Ave.</span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 02:18:16 +0000 Eve Abrams 45496 at http://wwno.org The Lens: Jindal's Use Of Rainy Day Fund May Leave Next Governor Dry http://wwno.org/post/lens-jindals-use-rainy-day-fund-may-leave-next-governor-dry <p>Governor Bobby Jindal vowed not to raise taxes, of any type. Instead, he has maintained the budget with spending cuts, meaning deep cuts in areas like higher education and health care.</p><p>Tyler Bridges — a reporter at The Lens, New Orleans’ investigative newsroom — has been looking into another way the governor has been able to balance the budget. Bridges says Jindal has largely drained public funds for economic development, taking hundreds of millions from the Rainy Day fund and the so-called "mega-development" fund.</p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:45:32 +0000 Eve Troeh & Tyler Bridges 42484 at http://wwno.org Time Running Short For State Budget Passage http://wwno.org/post/time-running-short-state-budget-passage The Senate has given the House a tough decision.<p class="p3"><span class="s2">Senators rewrote the representatives’ version of the budget, re-allocating arguably unstable funds that the House had painstakingly removed. But it may be hard for representatives to vote against the budget.&#160;</span><a href="/failed%20Limelight" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s because it sets aside $50 million for a one-time salary bonus for public school teachers. &#160;</span><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:25:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 36669 at http://wwno.org Senate Committee Ditches House Plan For State Budget http://wwno.org/post/senate-committee-ditches-house-plan-state-budget <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate Wednesday dashed the House’s hopes of eliminating from the state budget what some lawmakers consider to be unstable funding.</span><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/05/053013_Senate_Revamps_Budget_Capitol_Access.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fiscal hawks in the legislature would, for example, frown on paying utilities with proceeds from a garage sale.</span><p>So the House spent the first half of the session occupied with removing from the budget money that is only available once, like money from the sale of property and court settlements.<p> Thu, 30 May 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 36384 at http://wwno.org Bipartisan State Budget Deal in the Works http://wwno.org/post/bipartisan-state-budget-deal-works <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&#160;<p>Thursday House Speaker Chuck Kleckley endorsed a plan that would raise revenue and cut spending.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/05/050313_Budget_Deal_in_the_Works_Capitol_Access.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.15;">Earlier this week, the budget was on track to avoid much debate on the floor, but it hit a snag on Tuesday.</span><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 34519 at http://wwno.org Baton Rouge airport's budget projected to increase http://wwno.org/post/baton-rouge-airports-budget-projected-increase <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The Baton Rouge Metro Airport&#39;s budget is projected to increase by nearly 5 percent in 2013 to $13.1 million. That&#39;s according to a proposal presented to the Airport Commission&#39;s finance committee.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 19:15:55 +0000 The Associated Press 16927 at http://wwno.org State study panel looking at cost, benefit of tax breaks http://wwno.org/post/state-study-panel-looking-cost-benefit-tax-breaks <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Repeated rounds of budget shortfalls have prompted lawmakers to take an in-depth look at the long list of tax breaks that siphon billions of dollars from Louisiana&#39;s treasury each year.</p> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 17:30:39 +0000 MELINDA DESLATTE | The Associated Press 16263 at http://wwno.org $404M school budget proposed in Jefferson http://wwno.org/post/404m-school-budget-proposed-jefferson <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Jefferson Parish school officials are proposing a $404 million budget for 2012-2013.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The Times-Picayune reports the proposal takes into account recent moves to close schools and cut staff to offset rising costs.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:38:36 +0000 The Associated Press 15804 at http://wwno.org $46M budget proposed for Baton Rouge library http://wwno.org/post/46m-budget-proposed-baton-rouge-library <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The proposed $46 million 2013 budget for the East Baton Rouge Parish library system includes money for 12 new employees, a tracking system for books and a new building.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:07:53 +0000 The Associated Press 15799 at http://wwno.org