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2013 Session
2:06 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Full Speech: Jindal Scraps His Tax Plan

FILE: Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. in 2011.
Credit Gage Skidmore

In a 13-minute speech kicking off the 2013 legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he still wants the legislature to get rid of the income tax in Louisiana, but he let go of his plan for doing so with a big sales tax hike, an increased tobacco tax and the removal of some tax breaks. Listen to the speech in its entirety.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:59 am
Mon April 8, 2013

TUESDAY: CAPA's Tara McGuiness, LSU's Larry Jones, Author Tom Folsom

Tara McGuiness, with the Center for American Progress Action, talks about recent statistics ranking Louisiana number one for gun violence.

A chat with 2013 LSU Alumnus Of The Year Larry Jones.

Author biographer Tom Folsom on his book, "Hopper: A Journey Into The American Dream", about the late actor Dennis Hopper.

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Session 2013
9:27 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Capitol Access: 2013 Session Preview

Lawmakers from across the state convene Monday to kick-off the 2013 legislative session. It’s an odd-numbered year, so officials are tackling mostly fiscal matters – including Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposal to eliminate the income tax. He wants to make up the revenue by increasing the sales tax by 2.25 percent. The proposal has already met a litany of criticism.

Bob Mann – a political analyst and communications director for former Governor Kathleen Blanco – thinks the bill has slim chances. “It looks as if it’s not going to make it out of committee – at least not in its current form," Mann said.

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Bayou Garden
6:55 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Proper Watering Key for Container Gardening

Container gardening enhances an outdoor living space.
Credit Gardening in a Minute

Growing plants in containers allows us to grow them in places where there isn't soil like on our porches, decks or patios.


The Jim Engster Show
4:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

MONDAY: Filmmakers Cleve Bailey and Phillip Smith

Jim talks with filmmakers Cleve Bailey and Phillip Smith about their new film "Inclusion Illusion: One Baton Rouge"

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The Jim Engster Show
11:05 am
Thu April 4, 2013

FRIDAY: State Representative Katrina Jackson, DIG Magazine's Chris Brooks

State Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) talks with Jim about issues and proposed legislation coming in the 2013 Legislative session, which starts Monday at noon.

A visit with Chris Brooks, of DIG Magazine, to chat about the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Festival and other local hot topics.


State Budget 2013
5:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Appropriations Questions DOE Surplus

House Appropriations Chairman Jim Fannin and Vice-Chair Simone Champagne hear testimony from Department of Education officials as they continue sifting through the state's proposed budget.
Credit Louisiana House of Representatives

 While departments across the state are seeing steep cuts, the Department of Education has been getting more than it needs, according to accusations Wednesday in a House Appropriations Committee meeting.

Committee chairman Jim Fannin noted: year after year, the department has been allocated more money than it spent. In fiscal year 2012 the department's actual expenditures were $400 million dollars less than its $5.6 billion dollar operating budget.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:28 am
Wed April 3, 2013

THURSDAY: LSU Reveille Editor Andrea Gallo, Conservative Commentator Sherif Girgis

Andrea Gallo, editor of LSU's Reveille student newspaper, talks with Jim about the paper's lawsuit against the university for the secrecy in the recent search for a new chancellor-president.

Conservative commentator Sherif Girgis discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's recent hearing of arguments for and against same-sex marriage.


The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Wed April 3, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Political Pollster Bernie Pinsonat

Jim talks with pollster Bernie Pinsonat, with Southern Media and Opinion Research, about Governor Bobby Jindal's sagging approval ratings.


Budget 2013
6:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Appropriations Committee Frowns on BESE Transparency Efforts

The House Appropriations Committee is questioning the number and necessity of contracts that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education maintains with private entities.

At a committee meeting Tuesday Chairman Jim Fannin told BESE President Chas Roemer that contracts should be reviewed more often, so that the board can ensure the funds are being spent wisely. BESE cut costs last year by reducing the number of meetings from ten to seven a year, which gave them less time to review contracts.

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