LSU, Oschner set to take over University Health Hospitals in Shreveport, Monroe
Posted on 8/30/2018 12:11:00 PM.

The deal to transfer control of University Health Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe from BRF to Oschner has been agreed to and should become effective October 1st. The 294-million dollar deal with Oschner is a 40-million dollar increase over the current contract with BRF.
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Louisiana's credit outlook raised from 'negative' to 'stable'
Posted on 7/2/2018 5:23:00 PM.

Moody’s Investor Service has raised Louisiana’s credit outlook from negative to stable, in a sign that Wall Street is gaining more confidence in the state's economy. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says this was one of the many reasons the Edwards administration pushed for a stable final budget deal.

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Dardenne: New sales tax bill finally gives our budget stability
Posted on 6/27/2018 5:00:00 AM.

Since 2016, the state legislature has battled huge budget deficits, but the Edwards’ administration now says we can look forward to financial stability over the next seven years. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the legislature’s decision to renew a portion of an expiring one-cent sales tax will give the state a stable revenue source.
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3rd Special session to come down to sales tax renewal
Posted on 6/17/2018 9:12:00 PM.
The third special session of the year kicks off Monday, with some legislators expected to go to battle for the last time this year over the state’s persistent budget issues under the specter of deep cuts to TOPS and other state services. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says passing the half penny sales tax renewal will be the focus, because it fully funds the government and....
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Edwards administration and republican lawmakers at odds over the budget
Posted on 6/6/2018 12:26:00 PM.

The Edwards administration is sounding the alarm about the cuts that would need to be enforced, if the House does not pass a sales tax bill that generates 500 million dollars in revenue. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the budget that passed the legislature calls for massive cuts to popular state programs, without the additional funding.

“So we’re talking about the department of corrections, and part of children family services, juvenile justice, cops, higher ed., sheriff’s housing.”
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Special session off to a frustrating start
Posted on 5/23/2018 7:23:00 PM.

The special session is off to a slow start as legislators struggle to find a fix to the 648-million dollar budget shortfall that could devastate healthcare and education. 1.4 billion dollars in sales taxes are set to expire, and Governor John Bel Edwards has called on legislators to renew a portion of that to fix state finances. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says that would save education and healthcare from deep cuts.

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Republican legislators respond to Medicaid warning letters over potential state cuts
Posted on 5/9/2018 3:23:00 PM.

37,000 letters are being mailed out to recipients of four Medicaid programs that reads “Because of possible budget cuts, these programs may end as of July 1, 2018.” 20,000 of those recipients are nursing home residents who could be thrown out as a result. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says after multiple failed attempts to fund the programs, people need to start preparing for the worst.

"We don't want to be doing this, obviously. We've waited for as long as we possible could but we feel that it's appropriate and necessary to forewarn these recipients of what may be coming," Dardenne said.
 
But many Republicans balk at the released letters.
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37,000 warning letters to disabled & elderly Medicaid recipients of possible elimination
Posted on 5/9/2018 2:46:00 PM.

The state will send out letters tomorrow to 37,000 elderly and disabled people, warning them the Medicaid programs which pay for their care could be eliminated on July 1st. It’s possible that legislators will approve funding to avoid the cut, but Louisiana Health Secretary Doctor Rebekah Gee (pictured center) didn’t want to take that chance.

“It would be unfair, in the wake of all of the inaction, to wait any longer. We need people to have a chance to see what other options they have and what they will need to do to make plans,” Gee said.
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Dardenne predicts healthcare job losses unless budget gap is solved
Posted on 4/30/2018 5:20:00 PM.

University Hospital and Clinics in Lafayette has notified 770 employees that they could be laid off, and the facility shut down under proposed spending plans that slashes state funding for public-private partnership hospitals. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says they aren’t the only jobs at risk.

“The 700 to 800 from Lafayette, 2,400 or so from New Orleans, a significant number in Baton Rouge as well as some of the other smaller locations.”
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Senate Finance Chair doesn't support House budget proposal, but Republicans believe the spending proposal should advance
Posted on 4/22/2018 5:03:00 PM.
The chairman of Senate Finance has no desire to approve the budget the House passed last Thursday. Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur says he can’t support a spending plan that would kick 46,000 elderly and disabled people from nursing homes.
 
"I will never vote for this budget by the way," said LaFleur. "I will not allow 40,000 people to be thrown out into the streets. I'm not even running again for office, because I'm term limited, but I would still be embarrassed to vote for it." 
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