politics

Southern University Cutbacks
9:54 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Leaner Southern University After Financial Emergency

BATON ROUGE — Southern University administrators tell The Advocate the university is now in better shape to concentrate resources on successful programs such as engineering and nursing, and better equipped to guide students toward graduation. The university is emerging from an eight-month financial emergency period with fewer students, degree choices and faculty. 

Latest News
4:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Congress Passes Restore Act Governing BP Oil Spill Fines

Legislation assigning 80 percent of BP’s Clean Water Act fines to Gulf Coast states most affected by its oil spill has been approved by Congress. The landmark legislation included in the Transportation Bill is expected to mean billions of dollars for Louisiana.

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Supreme Court Health Care Decision
10:14 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Jindal: GOP Must Push for Health Care Law Repeal

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal says the GOP must push for a full repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law, after it was upheld by the Supreme Court. Louisiana's GOP governor has long opposed the health care overhaul, saying it will decrease the quality of health care and raise taxes. 

Former Revenue Secretary
10:08 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Jindal's Former Revenue Secretary Headed to California

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal's former revenue secretary, who resigned after a dispute over a tax break interpretation, has a new job in California. Cynthia Bridges has been named executive director of the California State Board of Equalization, an elected body that administers sales and use taxes in that state. 

Gulf Oil Spill Fines
10:31 am
Thu June 28, 2012

BP Fines for Gulf States Included in Highway Bill

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says a transportation bill that Congress is close to approving includes a provision to steer 80 percent of the fines BP PLC is expected to pay in water pollution penalties stemming from the Gulf oil spill to pay for restoration in five Gulf states. 

National Urban League Conference
10:13 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Obama to Speak at Urban League Conference

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will address the National Urban League Conference on July 25 in New Orleans.

The conference by one of the nation's oldest civil rights organizations is focused on increasing employment for African-Americans, who now face a jobless rate of 13.6 percent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than the national average. 

Veto Session
1:52 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Veto Session Letters Sent Tuesday to La. Lawmakers

BATON ROUGE — Notification letters are being sent to Louisiana's lawmakers, advising them about the planned July 14 veto session and how to scrap the meeting if they don't want to hold it.

The veto session was automatically set when Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected bills from the regular legislative session that ended this month. A veto session would allow lawmakers to decide if they want to override some of the governor's decisions.

Louisiana Budget
12:04 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Gov. Jindal Strips Dollars From Critic's Budget

BATON ROUGE — Treasurer John Kennedy, a critic of the Jindal administration's financial policies, has found his budget cut with Gov. Bobby Jindal's line-item veto.

In his veto message, Jindal said he's stripping more than $511,000 from Kennedy's budget next year to "streamline" the agency, to reflect spending patterns over the last three years and to strip money for four vacant jobs.

Kennedy's office will have a $12.2 million budget in the fiscal year that begins July 1, compared to $12.7 million this year, a 4 percent reduction, according to the treasurer's office.

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Education Changes
11:59 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Voucher Program Framework Approved by BESE Panel

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's education board has agreed to a framework for a new statewide voucher program that will use tax dollars to send children to private schools. But that framework does not have accountability standards required by the Legislature and still being ironed out by the education department.

Job Training Audit
1:12 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Audit: Job-Training Program Overspends

BATON ROUGE — A new report from the Legislative Auditor's Office says a state job-training and employment program spent between $3 million and $5 million more on transportation than it should have compared to practices used in other states. Authorities say the program, known as STEP, also failed to meet its goals for getting welfare recipients back to work.

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