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4:00 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Budget Cuts Hit Domestic Violence Programs

Gov. Bobby Jindal's latest round of budget cuts is falling on shelters that take in battered women and other domestic violence prevention providers.

The reductions were made to help close a $166 million midyear budget deficit.

The Advocate reports funding for family violence prevention and intervention programs was cut by more than $998,000. That's a 16 percent drop in the dollars spent on contracts the state holds with shelters and other domestic violence programs.

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Latest News
11:49 am
Fri December 21, 2012

State Hospice Cuts Worse Than Previously Announced

Louisiana's health department is acknowledging that planned cuts in the state's Medicaid program will eliminate hospice care for all Medicaid recipients beginning in February.

Hospice care aims to make dying people more comfortable in their final months of life. In announcing reductions to hospice care funding last week, officials with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration said hospice care at nursing homes would not be eliminated.

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New Orleans budget
8:53 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Says No Big Layoffs In 2013 Budget

Mayor Landrieu explains 2013 budget

The New Orleans City Council is now reviewing the budget proposed for next year by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The city is dealing with lower revenues and higher expenses.

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LSU Hospitals
12:53 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New plan for LSU health cuts could come next week

The new chief of the LSU health care system says he's hoping to detail plans for new and reworked cuts across the public hospitals to the university's governing board next week.

Frank Opelka, LSU's executive vice president for health care and medical education redesign, is reviewing the cut decisions made by his predecessor, who was ousted from the job.

The university-run health network is bracing for continued budget cuts. The Jindal administration has stripped a quarter of the health system's funding in response to a drop in federal Medicaid financing.

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Politics
11:43 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Thibodaux lawmaker trying to call special session

Gov. Bobby Jindal says he sees no need for a special legislative session to discuss recent budget cuts made by his administration.

Thibodaux Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent, sent a letter Wednesday to House members asking them to call themselves into a special session to revisit the budget reductions.

Richard says lawmakers have been improperly left out of Jindal administration financial decisions that are shuttering health care facilities and a state prison.

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Higher Education
11:48 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Retiring UL leader: Cuts harm focus on performance

The retiring president of the University of Louisiana System says higher education's ongoing budget woes will make it harder to attract his replacement and were one of the reasons he decided to leave the job.

Randy Moffett's last day was Friday after four decades in higher education. He says the cuts complicated efforts of the state's largest university system to maintain a focus on increased performance.

Despite the problematic financial picture, Moffett says he's optimistic the UL System will attract a quality leader looking for a challenge.

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Higher Education
3:16 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

LSUS feels continued pinch of state budget cuts

The budget has gotten so tight at LSU-Shreveport that three retired professors have offered to teach without pay so the university could save money.

The Shreveport Times reports that the LSU System approved about $1.9 million in cuts to LSUS this past Friday.

Since 2008, state funding has been cut more than 45 percent at LSUS, causing the university to reduce its staff by about 20 percent.

LSU Sports
12:44 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU athletics dept. to donate $36M to academics

The LSU Athletics Department has agreed to give $36 million over five years to the flagship campus, to help bolster academic programs that have been hit with continued budget cuts.

The university's governing board, the Board of Supervisors, approved the unique, profit-sharing arrangement Friday.

Athletics Director Joe Alleva says he knows of no similar arrangement at other colleges around the country.

UNO Budget Cuts
6:35 am
Wed August 15, 2012

UNO's $12M budget cut includes 53 faculty, staff

The University of New Orleans is cutting $12 million from its budget through a combination of early retirements and the elimination of vacant positions to offset reductions by the state.

UNO said Tuesday that about 25 faculty members and 28 staff members will be offered "incentivized retirements," and the university will eliminate 30 vacant faculty positions, five terminal faculty contracts, 26 graduate assistants and 16 non-classified staff.

UNO President Peter Fos says the moves will save the university $3.3 million.

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Healthcare Cuts
10:30 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Senator asks for legal opinion on hospital closure

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is asking for an attorney general's opinion about whether Gov. Bobby Jindal can close a state-run mental health facility in St. Tammany Parish without legislative approval.

Sen. Jack Donahue, a Republican from Mandeville, says closing Southeast Louisiana Hospital in a parish that has one of the state's highest suicide rates is unwise. He's pushing to keep the facility open.

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