Robert Travis Scott

“You have to remember what you may be losing in the higher education system as you go into deeper cuts,” warns Public Affairs Research Council president Robert Travis Scott.

Scott addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, focusing on PAR’s new report, “Innovation in Louisiana”, which analyzes state support for university research programs. Those programs bring in grant money up front, and licensing revenue from patents for years afterwards. Scott notes that continued state budget cuts to higher education are impacting the amounts and numbers of research grants Louisiana’s universities are able to access.

Jim returns from his break tomorrow but while he's away Robert Travis Scott, the President of the Public Affairs Research Council, fills in as guest host for today's show. Joe Donchess, Executive Director of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association and Paul Salles, President and CEO of the Louisiana Hospital Association join Robert in studio for the first two segments this morning to discuss Amendments I & II on the upcoming ballot November 4th. What are they? Who will they affect? They answer these questions and more, as well as discuss the issues surrounding the amendments.

  • Amendment I: Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to create the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund, for the payment of Medicaid reimbursement to the health care provider groups paying fees into the fund?
  • Amendment II: Do you support an amendment to create the Hospital Stabilization Fund to stabilize and protect Medicaid reimbursements for health care services by depositing assessments paid by hospitals, as authorized by the legislature, into a fund to support Louisiana hospital reimbursement?

Also, Sports Columnist for The Advocate Scott Rabalais joins Robert for the last segment today to close out the show. He discusses with Robert what its like covering sporting events, facing deadlines, and what it feels like to teach a graduate level sports writing class at LSU. Scott also helps us learn "The Language of Les Miles," by telling us exactly what LSU Football coach Les Miles means when he says things like, "Look for more spread in the future." 


Jim discusses state politics with Robert Travis Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana.

And Jim talks with Leigh Fondakowski, who's new play Spill, revisits the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


Concordia Sentinel reporter Stanley Nelson discusses his investigations of unsolved racially-tinged murders of the Civil Rights Era in Louisiana.

Robert Travis Scott, President of the Louisiana Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), talks about tHe last week of the 2013 Louisiana Legislative Session.

Melanie Gideon, with UCLA's Operation Mend, an effort to help wounded military men and women with facial reconstructive surgeries.