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Inventory Tax: Unable to 'Cut a Deal'

“ The job of this task force all along was to identify and push forward those things that would make the local government whole – in lieu of the inventory tax,” said the chairman of the SCR 6 Task Force, state Senator Bret Allain, at the team's final meeting last Friday. The group has been grappling with the thorny problem of inventory tax, and Allain acknowledged that they've not been able to solve it.

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Inauguration Day live blog and fact check

NPR is providing a live blog throughout the day’s inauguration events. NPR will also fact check and annotate Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address.

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Meet The Republican Governors Who Don't Want To Repeal All Of Obamacare

As Congressional Republicans begin work on repealing the Affordable Care Act, many of the nation's governors want to make sure that their state budgets don't take a hit during the dismantling process. They're most concerned about Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor that's run jointly by the states and federal government. As a result of a Supreme Court decision, states were allowed to decide whether they would expand Medicaid under the ACA. 14 million people have gained health...

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“The job of this task force all along was to identify and push forward those things that would make the local government whole – in lieu of the inventory tax,” said the chairman of the SCR 6 Task Force, state Senator Bret Allain, at the team's final meeting last Friday.

The group has been grappling with the thorny problem of inventory tax, and Allain acknowledged that they've not been able to solve it.

The federal government has already allocated $1.6 billion to Louisiana to aid in recovery from the August flood. Today, the Restore Louisiana Task Force approved the Governor’s plan on how to spend it. 

A large majority of the federal recovery money -- $1.3 billion -- will be spent on home repairs.

The focus is on over 36-thousand homes that took on major damage and were not covered by flood insurance.

Chelsea Beck/NPR

NPR is providing a live blog throughout the day’s inauguration events. NPR will also fact check and annotate Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address.

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When the State Bond Commission met Thursday, they considered the plan to issue $275-million in bonds in March, in order to fund this year’s capital outlay projects.

But the author of this year’s Capital Outlay bill expressed reservations about the deal.


Sue Lincoln

“The best thing you can do for a stable funding for government is to have a well-balanced stool.”

But when your budget – your stool -- doesn’t balance, what do you do? 


Pete Souza

As a part of NPR's ongoing transition coverage, the NPR Politics team is fact-checking and adding annotation to President Obama's last official news conference, held Wednesday afternoon in Washington. The team will be providing fact-checks and background to Obama's comments and answers to reporters' questions.

Budget 101: Outgo

Jan 18, 2017
Sue Lincoln

Yesterday we looked at state income, as part of Budget 101. Today we’ll look at the outgo.

Where does Louisiana spend its $9-billion of State General Fund revenue?  Let’s begin with non-discretionary items. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says first and foremost, we pay our debts.

Sue Lincoln

Shortfalls, streamlining, tax reform – as Louisiana’s budget problems continue to dominate discussions at the capitol, now would be a good time for a basic review. Let’s call it “Budget 101”.

We’ll start with state income –also known as revenue.  

Sue Lincoln

“Do I have any good news here I can give you?” Legislative Fiscal Analyst Greg Albrecht asked the Revenue Estimating Conference Friday.

“I am even more pessimistic than Greg,” said the Division of Administration's fiscal analyst, Manfred Dix, “So I don’t think the honorable panel wants to hear much what I have to say.”

Both knew the numbers they were giving weren’t what members of the budget forecasting panel wanted to hear.


Wallis Watkins / WWNO

Over a third of the public schools in Livingston Parish were damaged by the flooding in Southeast Louisiana last August. While some of those schools have been repaired, others still haven't been able to reopen - like Southside Junior High School, where classes began this new year at a new site - for now. 


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