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Singing the Year Away

Dec 23, 2016
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2016 was the year that kept on giving -- giving all of us in Louisiana some real grief. Yet rather than bring you down with the usual “year in review”, here’s a way to laugh -- about my singing, at least. So, with apologies to the composer of “12 Days of Christmas”, here it is:


At his end-of-the-year press conference, Governor John Bel Edwards reflected on the challenge 2016 was for Louisiana.

“The toughest day for me was the Sunday when I woke up and was getting ready for church and found out that we had a gunman in Baton Rouge that was obviously targeting police officers,” reflected Edwards. 


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Yesterday, we heard about tax reform from state Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson, who says, “We want every taxpayer treated fairly. We don’t want a particular group to feel that they are paying more taxes than other people.”

Today we talk with Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, who says the tax reform report is a good start.


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“For once, it’s cool to be ‘the tax girl’. Is there anything more exciting than tax reform in the state right now?”

We could name a few other things, but Louisiana Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson, speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, gave a rather succinct overview of the tax reform proposals to be considered by the legislature this spring.


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Votes being cast for President of the United States today will actually count, as the Electoral College convenes.

U-L Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley explains the ballot you cast on November 8th was – in essence – advisory.

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The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget met Thursday to resolve the $313-million shortfall leftover from the past fiscal year.


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Higher Education officials are asking the House Appropriations Committee for $1.1 billion next fiscal year. That’s $188 million more than they received in the current budget. 


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The Revenue Estimating Conference met Tuesday to determine just how many millions short the state’s budget will be for the current fiscal year.

“Somewhere between 257 [million] and 464 [million] is a real adjustment that will need to be made,” explained Speaker of the House Taylor Barras (R-New Iberia).  

That's in addition to the $313 million shortfall in last year's budget, both of which must be accounted for by June 30th, the end of this fiscal year.


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Congressman Garret Graves of Louisiana’s 6th District is frustrated with the pace of flood recovery.

“Government has a fundamental customer service problem,” he told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday. “What would happen if we ‘Cajunized’ it?”


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The 2016 election season finally came to a close – here in Louisiana --Saturday night.

Five-time State Treasurer John Kennedy won the job he’d unsuccessfully sought twice before –U.S. senator.


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