politics

WRKF
3:01 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Disabilities Advocates Strategize for Session

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 10:19 am

Perhaps you know them as the “yellow shirts”. Certainly, state Senator Troy Brown of Napoleonville thinks of disabilities advocates that way.

“Y’all remember when y’all came with the yellow shirts? Let me tell you something. That works!” Brown offers as encouragement.

Disabilities advocates have been meeting with their local state lawmakers, trying to prepare for what promises to be an agonizing and contentious legislative session, as it centers on the budget and a $1.6-billion revenue shortfall. 

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Le Show
2:00 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of Feb. 8, 2015

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer presents Brian Williams Misremembers, What the Frack, News of Secrets, The Apologies of the Week, News from Outside the Bubble, Let Us Try, News of Inspectors General, News of the Warm, and more.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Tax Breaks Eyed for Bridging the Budget Gap

 Since it’s an election year, it’s highly unlikely that lawmakers will risk the wrath of voters or the governor by raising taxes to fill Louisiana’s $1.6-billion budget hole. But they will almost certainly be taking a hard look at state tax breaks to bridge the budget gap.


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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Finding a Path Off the Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 10:09 am

Finding the way down off the fiscal cliff could be as simple as turning around, and looking back at the path that brought us here.

“The root of our current budget problems goes back to the decision in 2008, under Gov. Jindal, to repeal the Stelly tax changes that voters passed in 2002,” says Louisiana Budget Project director Jan Moller. “That has taken about six to seven hundred million dollars our of our tax base every year.”

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KEDM
10:48 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Obama Proposal Would Redirect Coastal Restoration Funds

Workers reflood salt marsh

President Obama is proposing that an offshore revenue sharing plan, set to provide Louisiana millions of dollars in revenue for coastal restoration, be replaced with a plan that would spread that money across the nation for various issues.

  

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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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