Guest host Bob Mann talks with Louisiana state lawmakers Representative John Bel Edwards (D-Amite) and Senator Robert Adley (R-Benton) about the state budget conflict and other matters at the Capitol, with just two days left in the Legislative Session.
Deborah Simmons-Harris, who has created her own private animal sanctuary, and former LSU professor Robert Zinn, who recently had over 100 pet box turtles confiscated by state Wildlife & Fisheries, discuss caring for wild animals.
Louisiana’s Department of Education is hosting a series of regional meetings this month to talk about simplifying the state’s high school diploma options.
The department is looking to put more emphasis on career training, after lawmakers’, employers’, and teachers’ repeated complaints that the state is too focused on sending kids on to college, instead of preparing them for real-world jobs.
The head of a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes health research said Louisiana stands to lose millions of dollars in medical research funding due to the across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Mary Woolley, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Research!America, said the National Institutes of Health distributes billions of dollars to universities and research institutions – and the grants are getting scarcer and more competitive.
Senators rewrote the representatives’ version of the budget, re-allocating arguably unstable funds that the House had painstakingly removed. But it may be hard for representatives to vote against the budget.
That’s because it sets aside $50 million for a one-time salary bonus for public school teachers.