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Not Doomsday, Critics Say

Jan 25, 2018
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Remember this fable from childhood?

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling! A piece of it just hit me on the head!”

Critics and opponents of the governor are saying the so-called “doomsday budget” proposal released earlier this week amounts to “Chicken Little” tactics.

'Not In Our State's Best Interest'

Jan 23, 2018
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“What you have before you are a list of cuts that we should not make. They are not in our state’s best interest,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said as he presented his proposed budget for the next fiscal year to the Joint Budget Committee Monday. As required by the state constitutional requirement for a balanced budget, the proposal reduces state spending by $994 million.

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"These are mega-contracts, and they entail 25 percent of our budget," insisted state Senator Conrad Appel, during the Joint Budget committee's fourth hearing on extending Louisiana's current managed-care contracts for Medicaid.

But the two-month-long tug-of-war over the 23-month extensions for the five companies — a total of $15.6-billion — finally ended late last week.

Fiscal Cliff Negotiations: Differences Continue

Nov 29, 2017
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How are the fiscal cliff negotiations going? Slowly, say both Speaker Pro-Tem Walt Leger and Appropriations chair Cameron Henry.

Giving Thanks

Nov 23, 2017
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What are you thankful for this year? Here’s what some of your state officials said…

Split Decision: Managed-Care Contracts, Round Two

Nov 6, 2017
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“We are sitting here with a fourth of the state budget in front of us, and there is nothing we can do to adjust that for the next two years? I find that breathtakingly hard to comprehend,” House Appropriations chair Cameron Henry said, as he led the blockade of contract extensions for managed-care companies coordinating the state’s Medicaid services.


Managing Medicaid Contracts

Nov 3, 2017
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Louisiana’s Joint Budget Committee meets today to vote on two-year contract extensions for the state’s Medicaid-managed care organizations.

“Why two years? Because we have made dramatic changes to these contracts, not just tweaks,” Health Secretary Rebekah Gee explained when lawmakers began debating the extensions two weeks ago.


Fiscal Cliff Solutions Don't Come Easy

Oct 23, 2017
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How should Louisiana solve for its upcoming $1.4-billion fiscal cliff? This time last year, hopes focused on the work of the Tax Structure Task Force and its recommendations. But as House Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger said on “Talk Louisiana”, we all know how that turned out.


Private Meetings and Public Contradictions

Sep 18, 2017
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The approaching fiscal cliff has prompted a whole lot of meetings lately – behind closed doors.

“I’m very optimistic that we’re going to get it done, working with these business roundtable meetings and the legislative leadership in both the House and the Senate,” Governor John Bel Edwards said, following his meeting with business leaders in Bossier City last week.

In the past month, he has also met with business owners and representatives in Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Houma, and New Orleans. However, House Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry isn’t favorably impressed.

Fiscal Myopia: Future Planning? "We Should Do That"

Aug 18, 2017
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Now that we’ve established that many state lawmakers suffer from fiscal myopia, are they doing any envisioning – however fuzzy the view – toward Louisiana’s future? Representative Steve Carter, a Baton Rouge Republican, says it’s not the first time he’s been asked that question.


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