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4:24 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Louisiana Budget Situation Is Going From Bad To Worse

Dropping oil prices continue to make an already bad budget situation in Louisiana even worse. Next year's projected financial shortfall is about $1.6 billion overall.
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A state panel that determines how much revenue the Louisiana government has at its disposal delivered the bad news on Monday that everyone knew was coming: the budget hole is even bigger than estimated.

NOLA.com reports that dropping oil prices continue to make an already bad budget situation in Louisiana even worse.

Greg Albrecht is the chief economist for the Louisiana Legislature. He said today, “The news is bad.”

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5:04 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

UNO Romance Language Program Closure Has Been Postponed

The closure of the master's program in romance languages at the University of New Orleans has been postponed, NOLA.com reports.

At a meeting of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors last week, faculty and staff in the foreign languages department questioned the low enrollment numbers used in a report about restructuring the programs.

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7:29 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawmakers Line Up Behind Jindal's Budget Plan

Governor Bobby Jindal is getting lawmakers’ support for his plan to use patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a $170 million budget deficit.

The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection yesterday. It comes only days before the budget had to be rebalanced to avoid a special session.

Minor changes were made to Jindal’s plan submitted last month. Financing sources were swapped. Agriculture department job cuts were scrapped. A cut to road maintenance work was eliminated.

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3:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Higher Education: Paying More for Less

Higher Education system presidents testify in House Appropriations. (L to R) Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS; Dr. F. King Alexander, LSU; Dr. Ronald Mason, SU; Dr. Sandra Woodley, UL.

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:23 pm

 

   The House Appropriations Committee got a different look at the cost of six years’ worth of higher education cuts Monday, as the push is on for colleges and universities to better prepare students to fill new jobs coming to Louisiana.

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2:02 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Medical Research In Louisiana Will Be Pared Back Under Federal Budget Cuts, Says Advocacy Group

The head of a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes health research said Louisiana stands to lose millions of dollars in medical research funding due to the across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Mary Woolley, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Research!America, said the National Institutes of Health distributes billions of dollars to universities and research institutions – and the grants are getting scarcer and more competitive.

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6:02 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Tolls Of Budget Cuts On Higher Education

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 9:46 am

After five years of steep budget cuts, some members of LSUnited, the faculty union, are hoping the legislature’s budget negotiations will raise enough revenue to prevent further cuts.

Lawmakers are looking at plans to cut tax exemptions and get rid of one-time funds, which might provide more stability to the state’s universities.

Michael Russo, a librarian and an instructor, said LSU’s finances are dismal.

"A half billion here, a half billion there," Russo said, "I don’t know what else they can cut."

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Health Care
1:43 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Failure To Expand Medicaid To Directly Effect Low-To-Moderate Income New Orleans Residents

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 7:52 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal has remained steadfast thus far in his opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saying it’s too expensive and that Medicaid is an outdated, inflexible program. 

Not expanding Medicaid it will have a direct effect on low-to-moderate income New Orleanians.


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Politics
2:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Dept. of Health and Hospitals Proposed Budget Depends on Contingencies

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 6:11 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed $24.7 billion state budget for the next fiscal year seemingly leaves the state Department of Health and Hospitals relatively unscathed.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

State House Leader Says Budget Glimpse Encouraging

The chairman of the House budget-writing committee says he's feeling a bit better about coping with the state's more than $1 billion shortfall.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Fannin made the comments Thursday after he got a sneak peek at Gov. Bobby Jindal's spending recommendations for next year.

Fannin says the Jindal administration anticipates significant savings from privatization plans for the LSU charity hospital system, and that will help partially close the budget gap.

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11:49 am
Thu February 7, 2013

All About Efficiency: DHH Secretary On The Latest Round of Healthcare Cuts

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:33 pm

Almost $83 million in cuts to healthcare programs and services went into effect Friday to shore up a mid-year deficit in the state budget. These are separate from a previous round of cuts made in July.

The latest round of reductions includes cuts to services for at-risk children and low-income moms, as well as a one percent drop in the rate paid to hospitals and physicians for non-primary Medicaid services. 


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