LABI en Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage <p>The House Labor Committee heard and rejected several bills Thursday, aimed at setting a state minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 25043 at Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage Contending Over Common Core <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>House Education Committee members worked into the night Wednesday, taking testimony on bills that would halt or slow implementation of Common Core state standards and the accompanying standardized tests.</p><p>Louisiana is one of 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, that signed onto Common Core. The state is also one of 17 in a consortium using the PARCC tests to evaluate student progress on the new standards. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24666 at Contending Over Common Core Tort Reform Bill Advances to House <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A bill that would change how civil lawsuits are handled in state courts is headed to the House floor. The tort reform bill removes the threshold for having a civil case heard by a jury, instead of only by a judge. Current state law allows a jury trial only if the amount involved exceeds $50,000. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24602 at Tort Reform Bill Advances to House Tax Reform Risks Local Services, Tax Elections <p>Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are voicing their skepticism of Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax overhauls. The forum this morning: an annual pre-session briefing hosted by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.</p><p>Jim Patterson of LABI kicked off the presentation with what he’s heard from legislators about their private talks with Governor regarding his still unreleased tax overhauls. "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">[</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">] does want to conform the local sales tax base to the state tax base," Patterson said. "This will help local governments to absorb what are going to be some relegation of services by the state to them.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:28:08 +0000 Kelly Connelly 6740 at Tax Reform Risks Local Services, Tax Elections TUESDAY: 49ers Archivist Jerry Walker, PBS Host Dennis Wholey, Former LABI Head Ed Steimel <p>Jim talks with San Francisco 49ers team archivist Jerry Walker about the Super Bowl.</p><p>A visit with Dennis Wholey, host of PBS's "This Is America"</p><p>Jim chats with former LABI and PAR head Ed Steimel about his life and times, at 91 years of age.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:48:51 +0000 Jim Engster 5358 at