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10:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Borrowing for Rural Road Projects Spread Out

The state legislature approved $325 million dollars worth of  road improvement projects for rural areas of the state  last year. The projects are slated to be completed over a three year span. The Department of Transportation announced on Friday evening that they’ll borrow the money in chunks, instead of all at once, as planned. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said in a statement that’s to relieve the state budget of baring the three-year fiscal load in one year.

But State Treasurer John Kennedy said borrowing money in stages doesn’t make financial sense.

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Education
9:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

No 'Plan B' for Funding School Vouchers

The finance chief for the Louisiana Department of Education had a hard time answering questions Friday about alternate plans for funding the 4,900 low-income elementary and secondary students attending private schools.
 


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Politics
6:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

What are One-Time Funds?

Representative Brett Geymann sits on the House Appropriations Committee.
Credit Representative Brett Geymann's Office

On Tuesday, two republican lawmakers filed suit against the state for using one-time revenues to balance the budget. Where does the money come from?

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What We're Reading
5:10 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Author Pens Stories of African American Life in Rural North Carolina

Stephanie Powell Watts, 2012 recipient of the Ernest J. Gains Award for Literary Excellence presented by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Credit Stephanie Powell Watts

Stephanie Powell Watts will be accepting this year’s Ernest Gains Award for Literary Excellence from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

Watts is being recognized for her collection of 10 stories, “We Are Taking Only What We Need," chronicling the lives of African Americans in rural North Carolina.

Watts writes from experience. 


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Politics
11:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Over One-Time Money in Jindal Budget

Representatives Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry have made waves about the constitutionality of the budget before. Talbot led a group of 19 GOP lawmakers that appealed to State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell with the same concerns last fall. Caldwell suggested the lawmakers go directly to the courts.


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Opinion
6:47 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Nostalgic for Third Street, Not Jim Crow

Maxine Crump

I saw a photograph of Third Street in the 1940s posted on Facebook recently where many people posted comments of their fond memories of Third Street from those days.

I have fond memories of Third Street in the 1950s.

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Politics
11:26 am
Tue January 15, 2013

State Treasurer Questions Jindal's Tax Plan

State Treasurer John Kennedy released no comment supporting or denouncing Governor Jindal's tax plan, but instead offered a list of questions for taxpayers to discuss.
Credit Louisiana Department of the Treasury

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy thinks taxpayers should question the Governor's new plan to eliminate personal and corporate income tax.

The state's treasurer is elected separately from the governor in Louisiana. Kennedy is a frequent critic of Gov. Jindal's policies, using his "Opinion Columns" as a venue to voice his thoughts.

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Grading Teachers
5:32 am
Tue January 15, 2013

BESE Expected to Approve Adjustments to Teacher Evaluations

State Superintendent of Education John White is advocating refinements to “Compass” – the program created by 2010 legislation to reform how public school teachers are evaluated. The changes stem from teacher input.
 

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Politics
2:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Economist Says Jindal's Tax Plan Doubles Rates

WRKF's Kelly Connelly sat down with Dr. James Richardson to discuss the repercussions of Governor Bobby Jindal's tax reform proposals. Dr. Richardson is an economist with LSU and a member of Louisiana's Revenue Estimation Committee.
Credit EJ Ourso Business School, Louisiana State University

Governor Bobby Jindal’s plan to eliminate income tax is raising eyebrows. Jindal’s office confirmed Thursday that the plan would make up for lost revenue by increasing the state sales tax.

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Shoring Up Higher Ed
10:14 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Board of Regents Considers Raising Revenue

Many institutions have cut differed maintenance budgets to save core academic programs.
Credit Nicolas Larchet / Paul M. Hebert Law Center

The Board of Regents is thinking of ways to bring in new funds to make up for the past five years of budget cuts sustained by the Louisiana University System.

The Board of Regents met for the first time this year on Thursday morning. Newly appointed members Richard Lipsey, Joel Dupre, and Edward Markle were sworn in and got straight to business.

Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell addressed the Board with a presentation on the state of state higher education.

Chairman W. Clinton Rasberry requested the presentation.

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