Edwards' administration starts legal process to remove operator of 2 north Louisiana hospitals
Posted on 9/12/2017 3:41:00 PM.
The Edwards administration has started the legal process to remove BRF as the operator of the state’s safety net hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a letter has been sent to Shreveport-based BRF that gives them 45 days to correct various problems.
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Edwards administration getting word out about ramifications of going over fiscal cliff
Posted on 8/10/2017 2:35:00 AM.

State officials are starting the conversation about how to address the looming fiscal cliff in 2018 when more than a billion dollars in temporary taxes expire. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne has been spreading the word at meetings around the state to bring the issue to the public’s attention. He says lawmakers are facing some stark options.
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House Appropriations sends $28B budget to full House
Posted on 6/14/2017 4:35:00 AM.

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $28 billion budget plan that spends more than what they proposed in the regular session, but still less than what the Senate and governor wanted. The new proposal represents 98.94 percent of the state income forecast that would be spent.
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Legislature faces similar budget problems 17 years later
Posted on 6/13/2017 3:54:00 AM.

It’s been 17 years since the legislature adjourned a regular session without passing a budget, until this year of course. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was there nearly two decades ago, as chair of the Senate Finance Committee. He quoted some familiar phrases uttered on the House floor to the Baton Rouge Press Club.
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House Appropriations begins budget discussions for special session
Posted on 6/12/2017 1:43:00 PM.
House Appropriations begins discussing the budget, and once again it's the committee's plan to hold back $206 million dollars in spending to avoid a midyear shortfall. But Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says if money isn't appropriated, it won't be available during the course of the year in the event of a shortfall.
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Edwards administration unveils spending plan for next fiscal year
Posted on 2/23/2017 10:56:00 AM.

The Edwards administration unveiled a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and TOPS is not fully funded under their proposal. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says it will take an additional $81 million to fully fund the scholarship program.
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Bills that contain deeper cuts than Governor wanted head to House floor
Posted on 2/15/2017 5:59:00 PM.

The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that takes only $74 million from the rainy day fund, instead of the $119 million the governor recommended. The vote comes after a heated back and forth between the governor’s chief budget advisor and Republican lawmakers.

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Special session begins Monday night to address budget deficit
Posted on 2/13/2017 4:10:00 AM.
A 10-day special session begins tonight as Governor John Bel Edwards is asking lawmakers to use a combination of cuts and money from the rainy day fund to close a 304-million dollar midyear budget deficit. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says it’s their recommendation that legislators approve the use of 119-million dollars in rainy day dollars.
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Debate brewing over whether to tap into Rainy Day Fund
Posted on 1/17/2017 12:51:00 PM.

Several Republican in the state House say it would be a bad idea to use the Rainy Day Fund to reduce the state’s $313 million mid-year budget deficit. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris, who chairs the House Republican Delegation, says the state has to stop dipping into the Rainy Day Fund every time it has budget troubles.
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Lawmakers gearing up for third special session
Posted on 1/16/2017 7:06:00 AM.

State lawmakers are gearing up for the third special session in just one year, after the Revenue Estimating Conference recognized a budget shortfall of about $313 million for the current fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says at this point, a special session is inevitable so the cuts can be spread around.
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