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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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Push It Back, Push It Back, Waaaay Back

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.

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Repeat After Me: The 35 Most Important Words Of Inauguration Day

"The Oath." It sounds like the name of a book, and indeed, there have been many volumes with that name. But none more relevant this week than The Oath specified in the Constitution for the president of the United States when he takes office. The 35 words in Article II, Section I, of the Constitution read as follows: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution...

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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.

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

courtesy Bob Mann

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? 


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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
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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.  

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“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.


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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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When the Revenue Estimating Conference meets this morning, “They will peg a number that we are short in the current midyear,” says Governor John Bel Edwards. “I’ve been told to expect up to a $300-million shortfall.”


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