state budget

Capitol Access
3:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Candidates for Governor Talk Budget

Candidates for governor (L to R) Edwards, Dardenne, Vitter chat amiably before the forum
Credit Sue Lincoln

The $1.6-billion state budget deficit is going to be a major factor in the in the gubernatorial election this fall. All four announced candidates for governor appeared at a forum earlier this month, and offered their ideas on how to deal with the shortfall.

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Tensions Grow, Along With State Deficit

Skies may actually be clear over Baton Rouge today, but gloom hangs over the state capitol, as the Revenue Estimating Conference downgraded Louisiana’s income forecasts Monday. That means there’s a $103-million shortfall for the current fiscal year. And the deficit for the next budget year, which starts July 1, has ballooned to $1.6-billion.


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Politics
1:28 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

The Year that Was: GOP Dominance, Common Core, and a Big Budget Hole

Melinda Deslatte
Credit Associated Press

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, sums up 2014, or at least the year in Louisiana politics.

 


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Politics
6:54 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Governor Searches the Couch Cushions to Pay State's Bills

Credit aliceintheflowers

It has not been a terrific few weeks for state finances.

Oil revenues dropped. And then a $180 million hole appeared in the state budget.

Melinda Deslatte, AP reporter on the state budget beat, explains how Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to close the gap.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:35 am
Mon October 27, 2014

MONDAY: State Treasurer John Kennedy; and Advocacy Director for Louisiana AARP Andrew Muhl

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy.
Credit shreveporttimes.com

  State Treasurer John Kennedy joins us this morning to discuss the recent news of a budget surplus. Governor Bobby Jindal's administration and the Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols say the state has $179 million surplus, but State Treasurer John Kennedy disagrees. For one thing, Kennedy wonders where this money came from; according to his numbers, the state in fact should have a $41 million deficit at the moment. Kennedy says he "hopes we have a surplus," but fears the state is pretending we do.  

Also, Andrew Muhl the Advocacy Director for Louisiana AARP is with us for the last segment today to discuss AARP's interest in Amendments I and II which are on the upcoming November 4th ballot, and why the AARP wants folks to vote 'No'. Andrew talks about how Amendments I & II are being advertised as a "package" but are in fact very different. He says Amendment I will make it harder for seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their own home and receive care there; and how Amendment II protects powerful companies from cuts which the AARP feels the state should not be doing.

  • Amendment I: Do you support an amendment to prohibit monies in the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly from being used or appropriated for other purposes when adjustments are made to eliminate a state deficit?
  • 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?


Insight
3:01 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Insight: With Fresh Analysis of State Budget, Lawmakers Go 'OMG!'

At the halfway mark in the state legislative session, all of the state departments have presented their piece of the state budget and the House Appropriations Committee invited the public to weigh in this week. Next it will be the committee’s turn at making changes to what the Jindal administration proposed. And new analysis of the 2014-2015 proposal shows a patchwork of funding that could leave the state could with a really big hole to fill for 2015-2016.

Robert Travis Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, has been following the developments.
 


Politics
6:37 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Insight: Jindal Budget Team Gets Creative to Make Ends Meet

As reporters and analysts dug deeper into the state budget proposal this week, the plan was scrutinized for it's creative financing, including using the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund as a pass-through account.


The Jim Engster Show
10:39 am
Fri February 7, 2014

FRIDAY: LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander; Steve Winham; Theologian Rebecca Parker

LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander stops by the studio to talk with Jim about LSU sports, student debts, the TOPS program, the new pressures due to decreased taxpayer funding, as well as a number of issues posed by numerous callers.

Also, former State Budget Director Steve Winham joins Jim to discuss the upcoming state budget and new library in St. Francisville, while Internationally known Theologian Rebecca Parker calls in to discuss Christianity in the second millennium.

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Politics
6:36 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Insight: Jindal Budget Mixes Shrinking Federal Allocations with Rosy State Revenues

With all the sleet and freezing rain that seized up our brains in the past week, it would be easy to forget that in the midst of the first sneaux day last Friday, the Jindal administration presented its budget proposal. The budget is approximately $25 billion. And that’s about $600 million less than the spending for the current fiscal year.


Politics
6:03 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Insight: An Almost Balanced Budget Mid-Year

The Revenue Estimating Conference, which crunches the numbers on the state’s income every year, announced on Wednesday that revenues are $35 million short of what was expected for 2013-2014. But for the first time since Gov. Bobby Jindal took office, there should be no mid-year cuts to Louisiana's budget.
 


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