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WRKF
6:03 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Narrow Victory For Medicaid Expansion Proponents

A Medicaid Expansion plan passed the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare Tuesday in a 4, 3 vote.

 

Opponents of the expansion repeated the arguments they’ve given throughout the debate: federal funding is unreliable, and the plan will cost the state too much money. 

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7:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

BGR Worries About Mayor's Veto On Sewerage And Water Board Reforms

BGR President Janet Howard's concerns about veto process.

One of three state legislative goals set by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is making its way through committee hearings in Baton Rouge this week. One part of the proposed changes in Sewerage and Water Board operation is getting some opposition.

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WRKF
6:10 am
Tue April 30, 2013

One-time Funds Nixed From State Budget, Temporarily

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 10:25 am

The House Appropriations Committee again called into question the way the Jindal Administration crafts the state’s budget.

 

On Monday the committee passed the budget bill and the funds bill, which allows for interagency transfers, the primary source of one-time funds.

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WRKF
8:16 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Medicaid Expansion, Privitization Could Work Together

 

The state may need to accept the federal Medicaid Expansion to fund LSU hospitals under the new public/private partnerships.

 

That’s according to Steve Spires, with the Louisiana Budget Project, an advocacy group that focuses on the effects of policy changes to low- and middle-income households.

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WRKF
10:32 am
Fri April 26, 2013

For or Against: Votes in the Medicaid Expansion Debate

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 7:28 am

Lawmakers face an onslaught of decisions every day at the capitol: vote up or down, pass this amendment, defer that bill... A few key players in this week's Medicaid expansion debate explain why they voted the way they did.

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WRKF
10:50 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Lawmakers Endorse Delay of Teacher Evaluation Consequences

The House Education Committee has agreed to a proposal that would delay the disciplinary effects of a new teacher evaluation system for another year while school districts work out any kinks.

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WRKF
9:13 am
Thu April 25, 2013

State Legislature Shelves Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:37 am

The legislature technically decided Wednesday to put off accepting federal funding for health care expansion, which would include more low-income individuals under Medicaid.  A series of bills were voluntarily deferred, both in the House and Senate, to be taken up next week. A bill by Rep. Barbara Norton was involuntarily deferred - that’s typically a death sentence for a bill. 

The representatives that voted to shelve Norton’s bill did so because they’re unsure of what will happen if they accept the money - despite that the Legislative Fiscal Office testifying that the program would initially save the state money.

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WRKF
9:50 am
Wed April 24, 2013

On Tobacco Taxes, Medicaid, Lawmakers Clutch Purse Strings

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:46 am

Polls show that the people of Louisiana and the legislature are at odds. Tuesday a constitutional amendment to raise the cigarette tax failed in committee – though recent polls by the American Cancer Society show 73 percent of Louisianians would approve of a tobacco tax increase.

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WRKF
1:25 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Report: La. Could Save With Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:47 am

The Legislative Fiscal Office estimates Louisiana could save up to $554.9 million over five years and between $185.2 million to almost $511 million over 10 years by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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WRKF
9:02 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Budget Restructuring Flies Through Committee; Tobacco Bills Up in Smoke

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:48 am

House committees took up two big ticket items Monday: budget reform and tobacco taxes.  Bills that would makeover the process of building the state’s budget passed favorably in the House Appropriations committee. A packed Ways and Means committee did not vote on tobacco taxes; representatives deferred their bills.

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