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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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The Jim Engster Show
11:48 am
Tue April 2, 2013

TUESDAY: State Representative Franklin J. Foil, Former MLB Pitcher Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain

Jim talks with Republican State Representative Franklin J. Foil about the upcoming legislative session and Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed tax plan.

Former MLB Pitcher Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain discusses his experience as the pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and also the upcoming MLB season.


Tax Reforms
9:36 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Robideaux Covers Tax, Budget Reform

Representative Joel Robideaux has been a part of nine legislative sessions. He spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday about this session's initiatives.
Credit Louisiana House of Representatives

The lawmaker sponsoring Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax reform package is saying the administration has learned from his mistakes last session. 

After the blow back from the abbreviated debate on education reform in 2012, Representative Joel Robideaux said discussions on the Governor's initiatives got underway sooner this year. “Some may say that wasn’t a good way to go," Robideaux told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday, "because we’ve taken two months of opposition, but from a legislative standpoint, I think it’s great because we’ve had two months of debate we wouldn’t have otherwise been afforded.”

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The Jim Engster Show
8:32 am
Tue April 2, 2013

MONDAY: Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel, Author Scott Taylor Smith

Jim talks with Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel about economic development expansions and the latest political news.

Author Scott Taylor Smith talks about his latest book "When Someone Dies".


The Affordable Care Act
5:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Rep. Cassidy On Affordable Care Act, Offers Up Alternative Reforms

Rep. Bill Cassidy, LA-6th District
Credit Bill Cassidy

News broke Tuesday that 6th District Rep. Bill Cassidy will announce his candidacy for Senate Wednesday.

While Congress has been off last week and this week for their annual April recess, Cassidy has spent some of his time off here in Baton Rouge.

Cassidy recently co-sponsored the Defund Obamacare Act, which is part of the Republican handling of the Affordable Care Act three years after the healthcare overhaul was signed into law.


 

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Bayou Garden
7:35 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Should You Fertilize Your Lawn?

The last week of March is ideal for fertilizing lawns in South Louisiana, but how do you know if you should fertilize?


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