Despite  the administration's efforts to keep the lid on the simmering story of the state’s budget anguish through election season, some of the details are boiling over.

“Whoever ends up becoming the next governor’s going to have a mess to clean up,” says Steve Spires, policy analyst with the Louisiana Budget Project. He adds that healthcare is one of the biggest messes.

Louisiana Board of Regents

The Louisiana Board of Regents, the agency responsible for allocating funds to higher education, has requested a $1.7 billion higher education budget for the next fiscal year. 

Roux Radio 10/30

Oct 30, 2015

This week on Roux Radio, how Baton Rouge can tidy up its suburban sprawl, keeping the LSU lakes healthy, and exploring the state's sales tax structure.

To Plan for The Future, Lafayette Does The Math

Oct 30, 2015

Cities all over America are dealing with the unintended effects of "suburban sprawl." That is, development post-World War II that focused on building out , which ultimately resulted in residents abandoning urban cores for the suburbs. Lafayette is working on addressing problems associated with sprawl as part of their comprehensive design plan. They're doing it with the help of Chuck Marohn, president of the nonprofit Strong Towns.  He says cities like Baton Rouge can learn from Lafayette's example. 

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Last session, Louisiana legislators faced a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. And those shortfalls are expected to continue, even for the next Governor.   "I get calls from legislators probably weekly asking me, so Daryl, what do you see?  Where can we raise some revenue?" says Daryl Purpera, Louisiana’s Legislative Auditor.