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WRKF
3:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The 54-Million-Dollar Question: FY 2015

Louisiana Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield urges Revenue Estimating Conference to keep questioned income in forecast.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:08 pm

The Revenue Estimating Conference, the state’s official income predictors, met Monday afternoon to adopt new revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.

LSU economist Dr. Jim Richardson had immediate concerns about the Jindal administration’s numbers, which included $54-million extra in anticipated tax collections.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon May 19, 2014

20/20 Hindsight: Dedicating State Funding Streams

 “I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about this,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Jack Donahue said, regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to help Higher Ed.

The House-approved measure that would have dedicated state funding for colleges and universities was shot down in Donahue’s committee late last week. Donahue, who also serves on the Senate Education Committee, said he supported the concept but was reluctant to lock up any more state dollars.

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Le Show
1:37 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Le Show For May 18, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer Reads the Trades and has an all-new episode of Dr. Bill. He also brings News of the Atom, News of the Olympic Movement, the Apologies of the Week, and more!

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WRKF
3:02 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Rules for Environmental Damage Suits Advance

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 9:59 am

They’re called “legacy lawsuits”—when property owners sue oil and gas companies for environmental damage done in decades past. Thursday, Louisiana’s House spent hours hearing—and ultimately approving—two bills dealing with legacy lawsuits.

“When we get to court, we know there’s an issue,” explained Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo, while introducing his bill, which would let parties on either side ask the Department of Natural Resources to come up with a remediation plan for the polluted or otherwise damaged property.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Louisiana Senate Approves House Abortion-Restriction Bill

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 4:44 pm

 With a 34 to 3 vote, the full Senate has approved HB 388, requiring doctors who perform any abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

“There are parts of the state where there is no hospital within 30 miles, period,” protested New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell. “That would make it impossible for there to be procedures done in rural areas.”

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Mixed Feelings and Messages About Sex Education

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 8:19 am

Louisiana’s full House approved “Erin’s Law” on Monday. Approved in 20 other states, it requires schools to teach kids what constitutes sexual abuse and sexual assault. There was no debate, and the votes for passage were unanimous.

Tuesday, the House Education Committee began hearing a bill to require schools to teach comprehensive sex education. Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith is the author, and she made reference to the previous day’s approval of “Erin’s Law”.

“It came out of this committee; passed the House floor. My question to you is, how can you teach sexual assault without talking about sexual education?” Smith queried her fellow committee members.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Effort to Elevate TOPS Standards Ends

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 3:45 pm

“It it’s not broken, let’s don’t try to fix it,” Senator Francis Thompson of Delhi summed up the sentiment of a majority of the Senate regarding TOPS.

TOPS isn’t broken, but many lawmakers see curbing the cost of the college scholarship program as part of the fix for the state budget. A measure that would have saved an estimated $24-million per year, by raising the standards for TOPS was argued on the Senate floor Monday.

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Latest News
3:34 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Jindal To Use $74M In Savings Ideas Next Year

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration outlined plans to shrink spending across state government by $74 million dollars in the upcoming budget year.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration outlined plans to shrink spending across state government by $74 million dollars in the upcoming budget year that begins July 1.

Ideas include: Thinner asphalt for some paving projects, fewer toll-free numbers across state agencies, allowing pregnant women on Medicaid to use midwives instead of traditional, more expensive delivery rooms, and expanded rehabilitation programs for inmates.

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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Le Show For May 11, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer Reads the Trades for You and brings What the Frack?, We're #1, News of the Olympic Movement, Just Say So, News of the Atom, Apologies of the Week, and more!

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WRKF
6:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Insight: Over Hospital Deals, Louisiana and CMS at Loggerheads Again

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 9:32 am

A week ago, the federal Centers for Medicaid Services once again threw a wrench in Louisiana’s works, giving a thumbs down to the privatization of the LSU charity hospital system, which is nonetheless charging forward.

 

 


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