state budget

WRKF
3:02 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Public Invited for State Budget Input

  As the sixth week of the twelve week session begins, the budget takes center stage on Monday and Tuesday.

“Our public comment days are April the 14th and April the 15th,” explains House Appropriations chairman Jim Fannin. And he says they will work into the evening both days, to ensure everyone can be heard.

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NPR Story
6:37 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Insight: Jindal Budget Team Gets Creative to Make Ends Meet

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 8:40 am

As reporters and analysts dug deeper into the state budget proposal this week, the plan was scrutinized for it's creative financing, including using the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund as a pass-through account.


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WRKF
6:36 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Insight: Jindal Budget Mixes Shrinking Federal Allocations with Rosy State Revenues

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:28 am

With all the sleet and freezing rain that seized up our brains in the past week, it would be easy to forget that in the midst of the first sneaux day last Friday, the Jindal administration presented its budget proposal. The budget is approximately $25 billion. And that’s about $600 million less than the spending for the current fiscal year.


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WRKF
6:03 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Insight: An Almost Balanced Budget Mid-Year

The Revenue Estimating Conference, which crunches the numbers on the state’s income every year, announced on Wednesday that revenues are $35 million short of what was expected for 2013-2014. But for the first time since Gov. Bobby Jindal took office, there should be no mid-year cuts to Louisiana's budget.

 


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WRKF
5:32 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

House Overwhelmingly Backs State Budget Compromise

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 6:23 pm

With a 95-3 vote, a nearly $25 billion budget is heading to the Senate for approval after days of negotiations. But it’s not the plan Gov. Bobby Jindal wanted.

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WRKF
10:10 am
Fri March 1, 2013

FRIDAY: State Treasurer John Kennedy, Nutrition Expert Neal Barnard

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 2:19 pm

Jim talks with State Treasurer John Kennedy about Governor Jindal's proposed 2013 state budget. Kennedy thinks aspects of it will not work.

Nutrition expert Dr. Neal Barnard on his book "Power Foods for the Brain".


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Politics
5:28 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Fact Check: Completing Nichols' Numbers

On the Jim Engster Show Thursday morning, Division of Administration Commissioner Kristy Nichols relied on talking points that have been repeated by officials in the Jindal administration. 

The Commissioner has cherry-picked her facts.

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WRKF
10:49 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Author A.E. Hotchner; Professors Kirby Goidel and Geoff Nagle

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 10:12 am

Jim speaks with Ernest Hemingway biographer A.E. Hotchner about his latest book "O.J. in the Morning, G&T at Night".

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols discusses Governor Jindal's budget and tax reform proposals.


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Politics
4:28 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Jindal's Tax Plan May Be Unconstitutional

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:51 am

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are voicing their skepticism of Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax overhauls. The forum this morning: an annual pre-session briefing hosted by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

Jim Patterson of LABI kicked off the presentation with what he’s heard from legislators about their private talks with Governor regarding his still unreleased tax overhauls. "[Gov. Jindal] does want to conform the local sales tax base to the state tax base," Patterson said. "This will help local governments to absorb what are going to be some relegation of services by the state to them.


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Louisiana Tax Breaks
12:39 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

A look at what tax breaks cost Louisiana

Louisiana gives out about $4.4 billion in tax breaks to businesses and individuals each year. A look at the major categories of taxes collected and tax exemptions in the just-ended 2011-12 budget year, according to estimates from the state revenue department:

Corporate Income Taxes:

  • Potential collections: $1.7 billion.
  • Actual collections: $198 million.
  • Estimated exemptions: $1.5 billion.

Percentage of tax loss: 88 percent.

Sales Taxes:

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