Kelly Connelly

Government & Politics Reporter

Kelly grew up in Baton Rouge. She started out in radio at Baton Rouge High where she was first on air at WBRH and KBRH. While studying film and politics at Hendrix College, she reported and hosted for KUAR in Little Rock, AR. She then moved on to KUT in Austin, TX. She misses the dry air, live music at Studio 1A and breakfast tacos, but is happy for crawfish and non-ironic use of Mardi Gras beads.

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Education
9:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

No 'Plan B' for Funding School Vouchers

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.
 


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Politics
6:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

What are One-Time Funds?

Representative Brett Geymann sits on the House Appropriations Committee.
Credit Representative Brett Geymann's Office

On Tuesday, two republican lawmakers filed suit against the state for using one-time revenues to balance the budget. Where does the money come from?

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Politics
11:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Over One-Time Money in Jindal Budget

Representatives Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry have made waves about the constitutionality of the budget before. Talbot led a group of 19 GOP lawmakers that appealed to State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell with the same concerns last fall. Caldwell suggested the lawmakers go directly to the courts.


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Politics
11:26 am
Tue January 15, 2013

State Treasurer Questions Jindal's Tax Plan

State Treasurer John Kennedy released no comment supporting or denouncing Governor Jindal's tax plan, but instead offered a list of questions for taxpayers to discuss.
Credit Louisiana Department of the Treasury

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy thinks taxpayers should question the Governor's new plan to eliminate personal and corporate income tax.

The state's treasurer is elected separately from the governor in Louisiana. Kennedy is a frequent critic of Gov. Jindal's policies, using his "Opinion Columns" as a venue to voice his thoughts.

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Grading Teachers
5:32 am
Tue January 15, 2013

BESE Expected to Approve Adjustments to Teacher Evaluations

State Superintendent of Education John White is advocating refinements to “Compass” – the program created by 2010 legislation to reform how public school teachers are evaluated. The changes stem from teacher input.
 

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Politics
2:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Economist Says Jindal's Tax Plan Doubles Rates

WRKF's Kelly Connelly sat down with Dr. James Richardson to discuss the repercussions of Governor Bobby Jindal's tax reform proposals. Dr. Richardson is an economist with LSU and a member of Louisiana's Revenue Estimation Committee.
Credit EJ Ourso Business School, Louisiana State University

Governor Bobby Jindal’s plan to eliminate income tax is raising eyebrows. Jindal’s office confirmed Thursday that the plan would make up for lost revenue by increasing the state sales tax.

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Shoring Up Higher Ed
10:14 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Board of Regents Considers Raising Revenue

Many institutions have cut differed maintenance budgets to save core academic programs.
Credit Nicolas Larchet / Paul M. Hebert Law Center

The Board of Regents is thinking of ways to bring in new funds to make up for the past five years of budget cuts sustained by the Louisiana University System.

The Board of Regents met for the first time this year on Thursday morning. Newly appointed members Richard Lipsey, Joel Dupre, and Edward Markle were sworn in and got straight to business.

Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell addressed the Board with a presentation on the state of state higher education.

Chairman W. Clinton Rasberry requested the presentation.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Jindal Wants to Eliminate Income Tax

Governor Jindal says eliminating corporate and personal income tax will
Credit Gage Skidmore

Governor Bobby Jindal is calling for legislators to eliminate the state income tax in the upcoming session.

The details of Jindal’s tax reform plan have not been released, but according to a written statement Jindal says his goal is to replace both personal income tax and corporate income tax with revenue from an increased sales tax. Jindal says the reforms would be enacted in such a way as to not decrease or increase the state’s revenue.

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