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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Another special session likely after economists deliver grim budget news
Posted on 1/13/2017 1:12:00 PM.

State legislators will likely be called into a special session next month to deal with a budget deficit. The Revenue Estimating Conference has determined the midyear shortfall is around $313 million. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says legislative input will be needed to address a budget gap of that magnitude.
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Millions in cuts across state agencies go into effect Tuesday
Posted on 12/20/2016 12:45:00 PM.
State department heads will have to start making cuts to their respective agencies today as $277 million dollars has been carved from the state’s operating budget. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says these cuts are being made through attrition – by not hiring people or not filling already vacant positions.
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Dardenne paints grim fiscal picture for lawmakers
Posted on 12/6/2016 11:56:00 AM.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne paints a bleak fiscal picture to lawmakers during a budget hearing this morning at the State Capitol. Dardenne says not only does the state have to address a $313 million deficit for this fiscal year, there’s also another $300 million shortfall looming. He says that means state agencies will have to cut back even more.
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State looking at a $313 million dollar budget deficit that could grow even more
Posted on 10/28/2016 1:14:00 PM.

The state is looking at another round of budget cuts because the state finished last fiscal year with a $313 million deficit. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says a few factors are leading to Louisiana continuously facing these budget problems.
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Federal government to cover 90% of flood relief costs
Posted on 9/8/2016 4:14:00 PM.

President Barack Obama has announced the federal government will increase its cost-share for flood relief efforts in Louisiana from 75% to 90%. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the state has to pay for a lot of the repairs up front, so decreasing the state and local share will help tremendously.
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