politics

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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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu February 26, 2015

LABI Looks for Greater Access to Jury Trials

LABI president Stephen Waguespack

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:45 am

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry will push lawmakers to lower the state’s uniquely high threshold for civil jury trials in the upcoming session. LABI president Stephen Waguespack says current law violates your constitutional right to trial by jury.

“You — as a citizen — can’t get a jury unless you’re sued above $50,000,” Waguespack explains. “If you’re sued for $35-, $40-, $45-thousand, then you better hope you’re going to get assigned to the right judge, because it’s the only choice you’re going to get here.”

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Coastal Desk
5:23 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

The Ins And Outs Of State Budget Cuts On Coastal Protection And Restoration

The Jindal administration is set to announce state cuts to cover a $1.6 billion budget gap. For the first time budget reductions will include the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

A host of environmental organizations, including Environmental Defense Fund, have been speaking out against the proposed 5 percent cut to CPRAs budget.

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Red River Radio
9:11 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to honor Cokie Roberts

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:13 am

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has announced it will honor New Orleans native Cokie Roberts as its Humanist of the Year. Over the past 30 years, the award has been given out annually by the state’s humanities council as part of an effort to recognize the artists, authors and organizations making valuable contributions to the culture of the state.

The LEH’s Brian Boyles says NPR’s senior news analyst and ABC News’ political commentator was a perfect fit for the award.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Off the Clock: Jay Dardenne

We know their public personas, but what do Louisiana’s statewide elected officials do when they’re off the clock?

“Collecting sports memorabilia and Louisiana history stories have been my passions, as of late,” says Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. He loves to recount those stories he’s learned of the characters and quirks that have made the Bayou State both strange and wonderful. One of his favorite tales involves former state Senator Dudley LeBlanc of Abbeville.


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WRKF
3:01 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Higher Education’s Waiting Game

“It’s horrible. It’s as bad as we’ve seen, for sure.”

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, says the budget cuts looming ahead for Louisiana’s public colleges and universities are nothing short of brutal.

“We’re talking about three, four, five hundred million—they’re saying—in one year? That is an insurmountable obstacle for these schools.”

Erwin attended Monday’s meeting between governing board members for all of the state’s higher education systems, and some influential lawmakers. With the governor’s budget proposal due to be unveiled Friday, all are asking the same question: How bad will it be?


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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmakers Push Back on Budget 'Shell Game'

State lawmakers refused to approve part of the Jindal administration’s plan for balancing the current budget Friday, making it clear they’re fed up with sweeps of dedicated funds.

“Somebody, sooner or later, has got to stand up and say we’ve got to stop this,” Sen. Robert Adley of Benton remonstrated with the Joint Budget Committee and representatives of the Division of Administration.

Adley, a Republican, chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, and he took great issue with part of the budget-balancing plan to grab $6-million from gasoline taxes — which are dedicated to building and maintaining roads — and shuffle that money to State Police.

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Le Show
1:48 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of Feb. 22, 2015

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings Obama's slow jam of "One Turntable and a Selfie Stick," News of Secrets, News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Atom, News of the Godly, the Apologies of the Week, and more!

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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Joint Budget Committee to Vote on Mid-Year Cuts

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets today to vote on the governor’s plan for slicing $103-million from current year spending.

“These mid-year cuts are critical,” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says of the painful necessity.


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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Promised Coastal Dollars May Be Reconsidered

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 8:02 am

Louisiana’s congressional delegation — most notably former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu — has fought for coastal restoration funding for years. And it’s just about to pay off big.

“In November of 2017, approximately $170-million is to be made available to the state — $140-million of which comes to the CPRA,” explains Kyle Graham, with Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The source of the funds is a federal program known as GOMESA.


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