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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Grover and the 'Guardrails'

Grover Norquist

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:53 am

At the state capitol, it seems like everybody is talking about Grover.

No, not Sesame Street’s Grover. They’re talking about Grover Norquist, the Washington, D.C. lobbyist and founder of ATR — Americans for Tax Reform.

State Sen. Robert Adley is not a fan.

“That ATR bunch we’re havin’ to live with? I just found out who they are,” Adley announced at a recent meeting.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Tax System Study Offers No Miracle Cure

Tulane economist Steven Sheffrin (L) and LSU economist Jim Richardson (R) present tax study

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:01 am

Anticipating the coming fiscal year’s massive shortfall, Louisiana’s legislature commissioned a comprehensive analysis of the state’s entire tax structure. That report was delivered Tuesday.

“Do we have the right tax structure for 2015 and on?” LSU economist Jim Richardson said was the main question being considered. “It’s a tax structure we put in place in 1973.”


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Politics
8:02 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Doubts Surface On Jindal's Optimistic Assessment Of State Economy

Governor Bobby Jindal is telling the nation that the state economy is better than ever. But one political expert is seeing some local astonishment over that assessment.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Curbing Fraud in Film Tax Credit Programs

Louisiana’s budget problems have many criticizing the tax incentives for the entertainment industry, which cost the state about $250-million last year. A legislative task force has been looking into ways to curb fraud in the film program. They met last week, to discuss the thrust of bills they may file in the upcoming legislative session.

“These are various common-sense measures that we think can be taken to perhaps make it a little bit less easy to steal from these programs,” Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street said, as he prepared to give the panel suggestions based on his experiences investigating problems with the programs.

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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of Mar. 8, 2015

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show with Harry Shearer:  Our Freedom-Loving Friends, News from Outside the Bubble, What the Frack, Exequil, Clintonsomething, The Apologies of the Week, News of the Godly, and more!

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WRKF
3:01 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Following Legislation's (Nearly) Paperless Trail

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:16 am

The deadline for pre-filing bills for the 2016 legislative session is just 30 days away. But where does the track for a bill actually start?

Louisiana House Clerk Alfred “Butch” Speer says the process starts with a member’s idea, which is then brought to one of the 80 people who work in the House Legislative Service Division.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Tue March 3, 2015

"Excellence Fee" Idea Not Measuring Up

Higher Education Commissioner Joseph Rallo

At first, it seemed as though everyone was breathing a sigh of relief, as the 2016 executive budget proposal unveiled last week did not slash higher education as deeply as expected.

“The true reduction to higher education is $211.3 million,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told the Joint Budget Committee last Friday.

But Nichols went on to admit that number is built on “ifs” and “maybes” that include capping the business inventory tax credit, as well as asking college students to pay what the administration is calling an “excellence fee”.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Holding the Line on Hospitals May Leave Louisiana Holding the Bag

Joint Budget committee

One component of the Jindal administration’s 2016 budget proposal, revealed Friday, involves holding the line on spending in the public-private hospital partnerships. The private partners in the LSU hospital deals had asked for an additional $142-million in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

“What we funded these hospitals for was level funding, effectively,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols detailed to the Joint Budget Committee. “And some of the hospitals are projecting growth above level funding. That’s the point of discussion that we are going to have to work through in this process.”

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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of Mar. 1, 2015

Harry Shearer

On this week's Le Show, Harry Shearer shares a new episode of Karzai Talk, plus News of the Olympic Movement, Just Say So, News of the Atom, Our Freedom-Loving Friends, News of AfPAC, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri February 27, 2015

“We Don’t Really Know”: FY 2016 Budget Preview

The Jindal administration unveils its budget proposal today for the next fiscal year. What solutions to the $1.6-billion deficit will be proposed?

“Until we see it, we don’t really know,” says Lafayette Rep. Joel Robideaux.

Even House Speaker Chuck Kleckley admits he has been kept in the dark.

“I know nothing,” Kleckley told us earlier this week. “I don’t know anything more than you know, or what I read in the press.”

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