Politics

Economy
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Louisiana's High Poverty Rate Persists

The latest American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau was released Thursday. The stats reveal the percentage of individuals in Louisiana living in poverty rose from 18.7 percent to 20.1 percent between 2010 and 2011.

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Poverty
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Poverty Numbers Up In Louisiana

The US Census Bureau released findings from its 2011 American Community Survey on Thursday.

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Legislation
12:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Landrieu Seeks Progress on Farm, Transportation, Pay Equity Bills

FILE - Sen. Mary Landrieu speaking at the Baton Rouge Press Club, March 5, 2012. (WRKF/Amy Jeffries)

With Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's vote, the Senate decided Thursday to move ahead with debate on the reauthorization of the farm bill.Meanwhile, two other significant pieces of legislation that the senior senator backs have stalled.

WRKF's Amy Jeffries caught up with Sen. Landrieu about the progress of the farm bill and the stalemate around the Transportation and Paycheck Fairness bills.


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Economy
12:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Economist Says Key to Balancing the Budget is Investment

LSU Professor of Finance, Rajesh Narayanan. (WRKF/Tegan Wendland)

The senate finance committee has yet to reach a decision on the proposed state budget, which currently includes major cuts to health care and education.

WRKF's Tegan Wendland had a conversation with LSU Professor of Finance, Rajesh Narayanan, who says year after year the state has faced major deficits and the future doesn't look too bright - unless there are major changes in the way the state makes investments.


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State Legislature
12:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

With Three Weeks Left, State Legislators Still Have Much To Do

Robert Mann is the Manship Chair and Director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU. (Photo: Provided by Robert Mann)

As of Friday, May 11, the state Legislative session has three weeks until it must adjourn.

The budget has yet to be balanced even though the house passed an amendment Friday to end the dispute over the use of one-time money, and Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reforms remain in limbo.

Robert Mann is the Director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at the Manship School at LSU.

WRKF's Ashley Westerman sat down with him earlier this week and asked what the biggest priority for the legislature is at this point.


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Politics
12:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Pension Debate Pits Government vs. Government Workers

Key pieces of the governor's pension reform have started working their way from the legislature.
Credit Alex C. Balla

Key pieces of Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reform have started to make their way through the legislature.

A bill that aims to change retirement eligibility heads to the full House tomorrow for further debate. Meanwhile, legislation to create a cash-balance plan for retirees and raise employee pension contribution by 3-percent is slated for the full Senate floor in the coming weeks.

Jeffrey Sadow is an Associate Professor of Political Science at LSU Shreveport. He is also the author of the Louisiana politics blog "Between The Lines".

Sadow spoke with WRKF's Ashley Westerman via telephone about the political dynamics at play in order to get pension reforms passed.

This audio is pending

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Politics
12:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Voters Consider CATS Transit Tax

Baton Rouge's bus system is in crisis. The future of the Capital Area Transit system, or "CATS," will be determined in a special tax election on Saturday. As WRKF's Tegan Wendland reports, the system is facing a $2.1 million deficit in a budget currently projected at $12.6 million. The tax revenue would not only close that gap, but totally overhaul the existing system, and if it doesn't pass? Proponents say the buses could shut down in July.

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Transportation
12:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Voters Consider CATS Transit Tax

Passengers wait at the terminal on Florida and North 22nd. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

Baton Rouge's bus system is in crisis. The future of the Capital Area Transit system, or "CATS," will be determined in a special tax election on Saturday. As WRKF's Tegan Wendland reports, the system is facing a $2.1 million deficit in a budget currently projected at $12.6 million. The tax revenue would not only close that gap, but totally overhaul the existing system, and if it doesn't pass? Proponents say the buses could shut down in July.

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Population
12:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

East Baton Rouge Population Growth Slows to a Crawl

LSU Professor Troy Blanchard. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

Five hundred and fifty nine -- that's the number of residents the Census estimates East Baton Rouge Parish gained between 2010 and 2011, according to newly released figures.

The total parish population, about 441,000 as of July 2010, grew just .1 percent over the year.

WRKF's Tegan Wendland asked LSU demographer and sociology professor Troy Blanchard what to make of the dramatic drop off in growth.


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Politics
12:00 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Jindal Ready for Education Reform Fight

In his inaugural speech Monday, Governor Bobby Jindal made clear that he would be pushing for education reform to kick off his second term. But while Jindal went on at length about getting Louisiana’s students better opportunities, the speech was short on details for how he plans to do that.

When WRKF's Tegan Wendland asked LSU Professor Robert Hogan for his analysis, he suggested the governor was being purposely vague.

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