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WRKF
12:35 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Officials Assure Lawmakers University Medical Center Is Fully Funded

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 5:13 am

Facility planning officials say the construction of University Medical Center in New Orleans is on time and on budget.

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WRKF
8:29 am
Tue May 28, 2013

State Privatization Oversight Bill Fails

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:25 am

Governor Jindal’s administration has said privatizing state services saves money, but some legislators are wary about the quality of those those services and whether they help the budget.

A measure that would have provided more oversight for contracts died in a Senate committee yesterday, as those that work at the Capitol hunkered down on the holiday to get everything done before the session ends on June 6.

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WRKF
8:57 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Dust Settled, Lawmakers More Measured on Education Reforms

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 4:24 pm

Earlier this month, Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled that the way the state's private school voucher program was paid for was unconstitutional. It can't be paid for through the Minimum Foundation Formula, or MFP -- the pool of money that supports public education.

Rep. Kirk Talbot, a Republican from New Orleans who voted in favor of the education overhaul Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed hard for last year, says the missteps in the funding of the voucher program gave some in the legislature, " a little bit of heartburn."

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WRKF
8:36 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Frugal State House Committee Backs Education Spending

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 6:33 am

The House Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved $60 million in capital spending for the state’s technical colleges over the next five years — despite the state’s tight purse-strings.

Chairman Jim Fannin insisted that investing in the technical college system will grow the economy and the tax base.

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WRKF
5:33 am
Wed May 22, 2013

La. Public School Funding Uncertain

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 8:34 am

Next year’s method for funding for public schools is a bit up in the air after the Senate Education Committee rejected the proposed formula from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program, or the MFP, was shot down last week because of a clerical error: BESE sent the legislature a draft of the MFP rather the final version.

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WRKF
5:33 am
Tue May 21, 2013

State Lawmakers Weigh Medicaid Options

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:38 am

A House bill that aims to secure state health care spending passed out of the Senate Finance committee yesterday.

The measure would create the "Hospital Stabilization Fund," which would utilize some hospital profits to draw down more federal dollars to help with uninsured patients.

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State Legislature
8:30 am
Mon May 20, 2013

State Legislature Continues Its Session This Week

The Louisiana State Capitol building.
Stuart Seeger Flickr

The Louisiana state legislature continues its session this week. Kelly Connelly from our partner WRKF brings us this update from Baton Rouge.

On Friday the Senate Finance Committee continued to comb through the budget, and discovered there’s a lot left to fund this session.

To get a summary, Senator Fred Mills asked Legislative Fiscal Officer John Carpenter to detail the five top worries that keep him up at night.

His first answer:

“That I won’t have a job after the session is over.”

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WRKF
5:32 am
Mon May 20, 2013

More State Budget Woes Left To Tackle

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 5:10 pm

Friday, the Senate Finance Committee continued to comb through the budget, and discovered there’s a lot left to fund this session.

To get a summary, Senator Fred Mills asked Legislative Fiscal Officer John Carpenter to detail the five top worries that keep him up at night.

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WRKF
9:34 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Some State Senators Puzzled By Tax Amnesty Solution

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 8:23 am

In the Finance committee Thursday Senators questioned the way the House filled the hole it dug in the proposed budget for next year. The House took out one-time money, from selling state property, court settlements, and dedicated funds, and put in a tax amnesty program.

The Legislative Fiscal Office usually considers tax amnesty revenues to be one-time money too.

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WRKF
9:32 am
Thu May 16, 2013

School Voucher Funding Up In The Air

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 3:32 am

Hundreds of parents, children, teachers and administrators rallied on the steps of the Capitol calling on lawmakers to find a new way to fund private school vouchers, chanting "You promised/ to put kids first."

The old way to fund vouchers was ruled unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court last week because it routed money through a formula -- called the MFP -- that is dedicated to public schools.

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