state budget 2013 en Speaker Against Special Session <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Leadership of the Louisiana state legislature is speaking out against the Democrat minority push to call a special veto session.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Democrats want a session to address Governor Jindal’s line-item vetoes to strike funding to expand care for the developmentally disabled.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said in a statement that a veto session could produce unintended consequences.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:24:40 +0000 Kelly Connelly 12795 at Legislative Session Wrap-Up: What Sticks, What Doesn't <p class="p1"><span class="s1">State lawmakers cheered the end of the 2013 legislative session Thursday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WRKF’s Kelly Connelly has been following every twist and turn over the past 2 months. News Director Amy Jeffries spoke with Kelly about her time covering the session.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:12:07 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11720 at Lawmakers Head Home with Budget and More <p>Lawmakers are going home having passed a bipartisan $24 billion state spending plan.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But they'</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">re bringing home&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">more than just the budget</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to their constituents. WRKF asked lawmakers about the most important thing they passed for their constituents.</span></p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 02:34:25 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11576 at THURSDAY: Former Governor Kathleen Blanco, LA Budget Project's Jan Moller, The Lens' Tyler Bridges <p>Guest host Bob Mann analyzes the last day of the 2013 Louisiana session with two close observers of the legislature, Jan Moller of the <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CC0QFjAA&amp;;ei=zmWvUd_5CaGYyAGZ64BQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNH7fZSFPD-W3Yyq-0ekcyhj5E3bmg&amp;bvm=bv.47380653,d.aWc" target="_blank">Louisiana Budget Project</a> and journalist Tyler Bridges of <a href="" target="_blank">The Lens</a>.</p><p>And we talk about the state's economic development efforts with former <a href="" target="_blank">Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco</a>.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:15:50 +0000 Bob Mann 11474 at WEDNESDAY: Rep. John Bel Edwards, Sen. Robert Adley, Deborah Simmons-Harris and Robert Zinn <p>Guest host Bob Mann talks with Louisiana state lawmakers Representative John Bel Edwards (D-Amite) and Senator Robert Adley (R-Benton) about the state budget conflict and other matters at the Capitol, with just two days left in the Legislative Session.</p><p>Deborah Simmons-Harris, who has created her own private animal sanctuary, and former LSU professor Robert Zinn, who recently had over 100 pet box turtles confiscated by state Wildlife &amp; Fisheries, discuss caring for wild animals.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:08:53 +0000 Bob Mann 11473 at Money-Generating Bills Held Hostage for Budget Reforms <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The fate of next year’s budget rests in the hands of a few legislative leaders, picked by the chambers’ chairs to sort things out behind closed-doors.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">This year is a little different than years past.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, the House changed some rules so that more voices could be at the table for the final negotiations.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p2"> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:10:29 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11460 at Lawmakers Scurry to Keep Bills from Dropping Dead <p>Monday lawmakers and lobbyists hustled across the rotunda that connects the chambers to assemble the votes to keep their bills alive, lest they fall victim to “Drop Dead Day” at the Capitol.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sound ominous?&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:28:56 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11378 at Time Running Short for Budget Passage <p>The Senate has given the House a tough decision.</p><p class="p3"><span class="s2">Senators rewrote the representatives’ version of the budget, re-allocating arguably unstable funds that the House had painstakingly removed. But it may be hard for representatives to vote against the budget.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s because it sets aside $50 million for a one-time salary bonus for public school teachers. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:25:16 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11338 at Senate Shoots Down Fiscal Hawks' Bills <p>After yesterday’s committee approval, Senators will consider whether to try a new way to write the budget, which will more clearly designate what the legislature has the power to allocate.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’ll also consider whether to try limiting the use of money that doesn’t come from taxes on expenses that occur annually.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11203 at Senate Committee Ditches House Plan for Budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate Wednesday dashed the House’s hopes of eliminating from the state budget what some lawmakers consider to be unstable funding.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fiscal hawks in the legislature would, for example, frown on paying utilities with proceeds from a garage sale.</span></p><p>So the House spent the first half of the session occupied with removing from the budget money that is only available once, like money from the sale of property and court settlements.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11145 at