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WRKF
3:01 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Fiscal Cliff Injury Report: Higher Ed

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 7:15 am

“Who will starve, and who will get some breadcrumbs?”

That’s the question Southeastern Louisiana University professor Dayne Sherman — and many others — are asking, as Louisiana colleges and universities have been told to expect up to $400-million in cuts for the next fiscal year. That amounts to 40 percent of their current state funding.


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WRKF
3:01 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Fiscal Cliff: The Oil Factors

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 5:45 am

“Prices at the pump don’t seem to have a bottom yet.” Legislative Fiscal Analyst Greg Albrecht says while that’s good for consumers, it’s very bad for the state budget.

Louisiana’s budget gap for the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2015 has widened by $400-million due to declining oil royalties and severance taxes — directly attributable to the fall in oil prices.


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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Falling Off the Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 8:17 am

 $1,600,000,000.

“We need to appreciate what we’re saying when we say those words,” LSU economist Jim Richardson admonishes, as Louisiana is standing on the edge of a fiscal cliff.

“We simply do not have enough,” Richardson states.


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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of Feb. 1, 2015

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings Neanderthal Love, News of the Olympic Movement,  The Apologies of the Week, News of the Atom, News of the Warm, and more!

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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

DHH Gets Earful on Abortion Clinic Rules

Medical students attend DHH hearing to speak against new abortion clinic rules

Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals held a public hearing Thursday, accepting comments on proposed regulations for licensing abortion clinics. No one spoke in favor of the new rules; instead, all the comments were in opposition.


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Latest News
7:08 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Jindal Offering Budget-Cutting Options

Governor Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options."

The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts up to $400 million for public colleges, and $300 million to health care services.

Jindal's budget proposal is due to lawmakers at the end of next month.

Jindal says his budget proposal will be paired with "suggested solutions" that could reduce some cuts, but would require legislative approval.

WRKF
3:01 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Candidates for Governor Talk Budget

Candidates for governor (L to R) Edwards, Dardenne, Vitter chat amiably before the forum

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 8:36 am

The $1.6-billion state budget deficit is going to be a major factor in the in the gubernatorial election this fall. All four announced candidates for governor appeared at a forum earlier this month, and offered their ideas on how to deal with the shortfall.


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WRKF
3:01 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Tensions Grow, Along With State Deficit

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:52 am

Skies may actually be clear over Baton Rouge today, but gloom hangs over the state capitol, as the Revenue Estimating Conference downgraded Louisiana’s income forecasts Monday. That means there’s a $103-million shortfall for the current fiscal year. And the deficit for the next budget year, which starts July 1, has ballooned to $1.6-billion.


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Latest News
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.
Jimmy Emerson, DVM Flickr

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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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon January 26, 2015

All About That Base: Jindal Rallies the Faithful

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:37 pm

Rather than attending the Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras festivities, or Iowa’s Freedom Summit for GOP presidential hopefuls, Governor Bobby Jindal courted a base for a possible 2016 presidential run, keynoting both the Louisiana Right to Life March and his own “The Response” prayer rally. The two events were held concurrently on the campus of LSU.


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