Jindal administration announces mid-year budget cut plan
Posted on 2/6/2015 2:17:00 PM.
The Jindal administration proposes 61-million dollars in cuts to various state agencies and using 43-million dollars in stopgap funds to fill a 103-million dollar revenue shortfall for this fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says the cuts will eliminate certain state contracts, plus museums and state parks will be impacted.
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Kennedy: Louisiana facing major budget woes mid-year
Posted on 11/11/2014 3:29:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
State Treasurer John Kennedy is concerned Louisiana is spending way more than it's bringing in which could lead to another round of mid-year budget cuts. He says the state general fund is running at a historically high negative balance just four months into the fiscal year.
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White: Common Core plans to move forward
Posted on 8/20/2014 12:43:00 PM.
State education superintendent John White says public schools are moving forward with Common Core education standards after a judge lifts the Jindal administration's suspension of contracts for the tests tied to Common Core. White says it's time that we focus on the welfare of the student.
"Everyday we take attention away from the classroom and we keep it in the courtroom, is a day of opportunity lost for the young people of Louisiana," White said. 

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BESE offers another solution to standardized testing dilemma
Posted on 7/16/2014 6:13:00 PM.
BESE leaders offer a final compromise to settle the Common Core dispute. Because of an impasse between Governor Jindal and Education Superintendent John White, a standardized test is not in place for the upcoming school year. BESE president Chas Roemer proposes the department of education issue a request for proposals for a new testing contract.
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BESE proposes testing plan, but Jindal administration says can't be done
Posted on 7/10/2014 3:58:00 PM.
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education leaders offer a compromise in their dispute with Governor Jindal over Common Core. BESE President Chas Roemer says they propose to use LEAP tests again this upcoming school year, but the exams will also contain questions from the PARCC exam, which is associated with Common Core. 
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Lawmakers express concerns over LSU hospital deals
Posted on 5/5/2014 5:40:00 PM.
State lawmakers are concerned about Governor Bobby Jindal's plans to privatize state-owned hospitals now that the federal government has rejected the financing plans.  New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson is downright furious. 
"We told this governor not to sign contracts that had blank pages. This is not new information we are getting. We acted irresponsibly." 
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Governor Jindal unveils proposed budget for next fiscal year
Posted on 1/24/2014 12:17:00 PM.
The Jindal administration presented lawmakers Friday with a 25-billion dollar state budget for the fiscal year that starts July first. The governor's chief financial administrator, Kristy Nichols, says it's a responsible and balanced spending plan that doesn't raise taxes or use one-time dollars on recurring expenses.
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Improved Jobs Market in LA Gives State Government a $163-million Surplus
Posted on 10/20/2013 9:35:00 AM.
Louisiana has a $163-million budget surplus; left over from the fiscal year that ended June 30th. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says it's good news, and a sign of an improving economy and labor market.
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