The state-affiliated Water Institute, founded in 2011, touts itself as an independent organization that’s bringing the best scientists in the nation together to conduct research and recommend policies to the state on how to preserve the eroding coast.
The state legislature approved $325 million dollars worth of road improvement projects for rural areas of the state last year. The projects are slated to be completed over a three year span. The Department of Transportation announced on Friday evening that they’ll borrow the money in chunks, instead of all at once, as planned. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said in a statement that’s to relieve the state budget of baring the three-year fiscal load in one year.
But State Treasurer John Kennedy said borrowing money in stages doesn’t make financial sense.
The finance chief for the Louisiana Department of Education had a hard time answering questions Friday about alternate plans for funding the 4,900 low-income elementary and secondary students attending private schools.
Former state legislator, gubernatorial candidate and current Chairman of the Public Service Commission Foster Campbell will discuss Governor Jindal's tax reform proposals for this year's legislative session, and other matters on Mr. Campbell's mind.
A discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, forty years later, with Sally Campbell, former head of the Louisiana Christian Coalition and Reverend Chris Andrews.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jim talks with Maxine Crump, President and CEO of Dialog On Race Louisiana, about President Obama's Second Term Inauguration.
Political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the corruption indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Jindal's tax reform plan, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales taxes and fees.