Jim talks with Baton Rouge area Chamber President and CEO Adam Knapp about IBM's plans to build a service center in Baton Rouge; employing 800 people. Adam also talks about other economic development news.
Attorney's Emily Ziober and Ken Mayo discuss the importance of doing pro bono legal work for those that erstwhile could not afford representation.
Economist Marina Adshade talks about her latest book, "Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love".
More stakeholders are turning their noses up at the governor’s plan to eliminate income and franchise taxes in favor of raising and broadening the sales tax.
House Minority Leader John Bel Edwards said the plan is a play from a national conservative think tank that will look good to voters in other states, if the governor decides to run for national office. His caucus thinks it will hurt low- and middle-income families, as well as small business, like those in the tourism industry.
The Louisiana Association for Business and Industry released a statement saying it will oppose any change to the system that raises tax on businesses.
An artist's rendering of the proposed IBM building, which will also include almost 100 river-view apartments.
Construction for the new building will be paid for with a public/private partnership not unlike that of the Shaw Center for the Arts.
Projected cost total for the office building is $30.5 million. The state will finance $14.8 million of that, along with $3 million from the city of Baton Rouge/East Baton Rouge Parish, and and $12.7 million in Community Development Block Grant funds.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has been instructed to stay quiet about the specifics of the cancelation of a nearly $200 million Medicaid contract.
That’s what State Inspector General Stephen Street told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday before a hearing on the Department of Health and Hospital’s budget for the next fiscal year got underway.
Under the Governor's proposed tax reforms low-income filers will be eligible for a rebate and some business incentive programs will see changes. The state House Ways and Means Committee met again Tuesday to discuss details on these elements of the proposal.
The Governor wants to eliminate the personal income tax and the corporate income and franchise taxes. Under the proposal, the sales tax will grow to make up that revenue.
Officials from the Department of Health and Hospitals were grilled Tuesday morning by the Appropriations Committee on how they plan to save money in the next fiscal year.
Among other cost-saving measures, the department’s $8.9 billion proposed budget calls for turning over a number of existing Medicaid services to private entities, and investing more in the Bayou Health reforms. Savings also hinge on the privatization of the LSU charity hospitals, although no official agreements have been made yet.