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WRKF
8:39 am
Wed April 17, 2013

The Income Tax Repeal Is Out. So What's In?

After the legislature tabled all tax repeal bills, the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus ditched the parts of its tax package that would cut taxes. But it’s keeping the part that raises revenue.

Representative Katrina Jackson leads the caucus. She says under her plan, the funds from raising the tobacco tax would be dedicated. “It starts making the areas of higher education systems whole, and the area of health care as well,” Jackson said.

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WRKF
1:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

NOLA Adjudicated Property Redemption Window Could Become State-Wide

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 3:03 pm

A bill to shorten the time frame from three years to 18 months for owners of adjudicated properties to pay unpaid taxes has advanced in the house.


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WRKF
1:04 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Bill To Create Hospitalization Stablization Formula Passes With Few Details

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to try and maintain the level of funding to hospitals that take Medicaid patients.  

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WRKF
6:02 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Some Policy Analysts Say Ditch Tax Reform "Plan B"

Now that the governor’s plan to replace the income tax with a higher and broader sales tax is off the table, lawmakers, policy analysts and other officials are coming up with new ideas. 

Governor Jindal isn’t requiring a new plan to make up for lost revenue, but eliminating the income tax would cost the state 23.7 billion dollars if it’s phased out over the next ten years.

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State Legislature
9:37 am
Fri April 12, 2013

LSU Okay to Lease Hospitals Without Lege Approval, Dept. of Ed. Seeks Restructuring

Legislative approval is not required for LSU to lease its hospitals, that’s according to an opinion issued Thursday by State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. A law passed in 1997 gave governance of hospitals to LSU, and a 2003 amendment didn’t include leases on the list of things LSU has to go to the Capitol for – so Caldwell ruled leasing “intentionally omitted.”

The opinion hasn’t stopped the legislature from trying to intervene in privatization. The House moved a resolution to stop the process until the legislature has more information.

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State Legislature
6:02 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Earl K Long Closure Made Official, Education Changes Proposed

Lawmakers have put the final nail in the coffin to close LSU’s public hospital in North Baton Rouge. In Wednesday’s Joint Budget Committee, the Baton Rouge delegation pointed to gaps in care for pregnant women, prisoners and mental health services.

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Politics
6:02 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Capitol Access: Lege Picks Up Tax Reform, Looks to Ark. for ACA

The legislature is already taking up Governor Bobby Jindal’s charge to move a bill to phase out the income tax, just a day after the governor ditched his own plan for repeal.

In his speech to lawmakers Monday, Jindal didn't mention maintaining his requirement that any new tax changes be revenue neutral.

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Politics
11:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

La. Capitol Access: MidDay Check-in, April 9

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:55 am

The Legislature is already taking up Gov. Bobby Jindal’s charge to move a bill to phase out the income tax, just a day after the governor ditched his own plan for repeal. The House will consider sending fiscal-hawk Rep. Kirk Talbot’s six-year income tax phase-out to the House Ways and Means Committee when it convenes at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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WRKF
9:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Author Leo Honeycutt, S.U. Law Chancellor Freddie Pitcher

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 12:31 pm

Author and journalist Leo Honeycutt talks with Jim about Governor Jindal's surprise at the opening of the 2013 State Legislature, and comparisons of Mr. Jindal to former Governor Edwin Edwards and others.

Jim chats with Southern University Law Center Chancellor Freddie Pitcher as the Law Center observes its 65th anniversary.

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Politics
8:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Capitol Access: Jindal 'Parks' Tax Plan, Ignores Budget

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:07 pm

Governor Jindal’s opening address to the legislature didn’t mention healthcare, higher education, or the budget in general. Instead, he flabbergasted lawmakers and media with a thirteen-minute long speech ditching his plan to raise sales tax revenue to replace the income tax. But he didn’t abandon the initiative altogether.

“I know that several of you have already filed bills to phase-out the income tax," Jindal said. "What I’m here to tell you is this: even as we park our bill, I call on you. Let’s work together. Let’s pass a bill this session to get rid of the income tax once and for all in the state of Louisiana.”

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