budget http://wrkf.org en Economist Says Key to Balancing the Budget is Investment http://wrkf.org/post/economist-says-key-balancing-budget-investment <p><span class="BodyCopy">The senate finance committee has yet to reach a decision on the proposed state budget, which currently includes major cuts to health care and education. </span></p><p class="BodyCopy">WRKF's Tegan Wendland had a conversation with LSU Professor of Finance, Rajesh Narayanan, who says year after year the state has faced major deficits and the future doesn't look too bright - unless there are major changes in the way the state makes investments.</p><p> Wed, 16 May 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Tegan Wendland 2591 at http://wrkf.org Economist Says Key to Balancing the Budget is Investment With Three Weeks Left, State Legislators Still Have Much To Do http://wrkf.org/post/three-weeks-left-state-legislators-still-have-much-do <p><span class="BodyCopy">As of Friday, May 11, the state Legislative session has three weeks until it must adjourn.</span></p><p class="BodyCopy">The budget has yet to be balanced even though the house passed an amendment Friday to end the dispute over the use of one-time money, and Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reforms remain in limbo.</p><p class="BodyCopy">Robert Mann is the Director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at the Manship School at LSU.</p><p class="BodyCopy">WRKF's Ashley Westerman sat down with him earlier this week and asked what the biggest priority for the legislature is at this point.</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 2599 at http://wrkf.org With Three Weeks Left, State Legislators Still Have Much To Do