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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Tech Industry
4:14 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Baton Rouge to See 800 Tech Jobs with IBM

An artist's rendering of the proposed IBM building, which will also include almost 100 river-view apartments.
IBM

Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and software company IBM are partnering to expand LSU’s computer science program, revamp downtown property, and bring 800 jobs to Baton Rouge.

IBM will open a new service center downtown in 2015, but will employ 300 locally in 2014.

Under the partnership, LSU’s school of engineering is expected to double its computer science faculty and jump to the top 15 nationally in number of graduates.

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Tax Reforms
5:24 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Details on Rebate Program, Incentive Changes Released

The Department of Revenue released more details of the Governor's tax overhauls to the House Ways and Means Committee.

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.

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Tax Reforms
1:04 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Jindal's Math Under Question: Answers Interpretable

ITEP graphs show there's not much difference between states with and without the personal income tax.
Credit Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy

Remember in high school when math teachers wouldn’t give full credit for answers that weren’t supported with all the work that showed how a student arrived to that answer?

On Friday, a group of 250 clergymen and women challenged the work behind the math used by the Jindal administration to calculate the tax burden on individuals under the governor’s new tax swap plan.

The governor wants to eliminate the personal income tax, the corporate income tax and the corporate franchise tax. He’d replace that lost revenue by raising the sales tax to 5.88 percent, applying the sales tax to more services and tinkering with a few other taxes and exemptions. Jindal says the plan will not amount to a tax hike for citizens or a loss in revenue for the state, but that it will be revenue neutral.

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LSU Hospitals
3:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Bond Issues For Privatized LSU Hospitals No Longer Tax-Exempt

Plans to privatize most of LSU’s public hospitals are making repairs and construction to the facilities more expensive.

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Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
3:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Bond Commission Takes No Action On Citizens' Request

Representatives from the state-established Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation told the State Bond Commission on Thursday that if they operated like a regular insurance company and another storm hit, they’ll be insolvent.

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State Budget 2013
3:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

La. State Police Defend Remaining Operating Budget

State police officials came before the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to defend what's left of their proposed operating budget.

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Tax Reform
3:41 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Film Tax Credits Roll Out Jobs, Not State Revenue

Governor Jindal’s tax overhauls, presented to the legislature Thursday morning, include nixing almost 200 exemptions, and tweaking a few others – like the Motion Picture Industry Development Tax Credit.

Some members of the industry are worried the incentives will be at risk during upcoming debate in the legislature.


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Politics
3:23 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jindal Addresses Bayou Corne's Sinkhole Problem

Gov. Bobby Jindal and other state and local officials met with Texas Brine representatives on March 13. The company responsible for a giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish is sending appraisers to some evacuated homes in Bayou Corne on Monday.

The Governor said company officials will also meet with the State Attorney General’s office on Monday. He said Texas Brine owes state and local governments 4 million dollars, combined, for costs incurred dealing with the disaster.

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Tax Reforms
1:31 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jindal Promises Revenue Neutral Tax Swap

Gov. Bobby Jindal went before the legislature Thursday to unveil his tax proposal. He wants to eliminate the income tax and says the state can make up the gap with a higher and more expansive sales tax.

The proposal would make Louisiana the state with the highest sales tax in the nation. Combined with local sales taxes, Louisianians would pay an average of 10.75 percent in sales tax. And the state would start taxing things that haven’t been taxed before – like landscaping, haircuts, and cable and Internet services.

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Tax Overhaul
6:20 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Revenue Neutral Tax Overhaul a Tall Order

Gov. Jindal has promised that his proposal to eliminate the state income tax will be “revenue neutral to avoid budget cuts. 
 


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