Governor Edwards says legislators need to act soon
Posted on 3/4/2016 2:11:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is demanding that the House of Representatives approves more revenue generating bills including a measure that would increase the state’s tax on alcohol for the first time since 1948. Edwards says time is running out on this special session that was called to address the state’s fiscal crisis.
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LSU President talks football and budget cuts
Posted on 2/29/2016 3:59:00 PM.

Discussion about deep budget cuts to higher education could mean fewer students at LSU. The TOPS Scholarship Program is only funded at 25% for the next school year. Without TOPS, many students may have to rethink their education plans. LSU President F. King Alexander is concerned about enrollment numbers dropping because of budget concerns in Louisiana.
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Governor Edwards cautiously optimistic legislators can solve budget crisis
Posted on 2/26/2016 12:56:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards says the special legislative session aimed at solving a 940-million dollar budget deficit this fiscal year is heading in the right direction, but there’s still a long way to go. House republicans are hesitant to raise taxes, but Edwards there’s been no evidence they can reduce the deficit without raising revenues.
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House Republicans provide suggestions on long-term budget solutions
Posted on 2/24/2016 4:55:00 PM.

Republican State Representatives sent Governor John Bel Edwards a list of long-term changes they want in the state government as they try to negotiate the governor’s proposed tax increases aimed at fixing the budget deficit. Legislators are interested in pension reform, capital outlay reform and tax reform.
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TOPS halts payments due to budget concerns
Posted on 2/11/2016 6:31:00 PM.

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance has notified colleges and universities that due to uncertainty over potential budget cuts they are holding off on making any TOPS payments. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it would be a huge disaster for Louisiana if it’s unable to pay a TOPS recipients full tuition for this semester.
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Governor Edwards to deliver bad budget news to taxpayers
Posted on 2/11/2016 4:29:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards will address Louisiana citizens tonight to discuss the state’s historic budget deficit. This address comes ahead of the special legislative session that begins Sunday, where lawmakers will have to come up with a plan to combat an 870-million dollar budget deficit.  UL Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says that this kind of speech is unprecedented.
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Governor Edwards calls for public input on budget crisis
Posted on 2/9/2016 11:47:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has put together a special web page to solicit public input on how to handle the state’s budget crisis. The governor’s director of communications Richard Carbo explains that the purpose of the site is to inform the public and get suggestions from citizens.

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Treasurer Kennedy concerned some revenue generating bills are unconstitutional
Posted on 6/2/2015 1:06:00 PM.
State Treasurer John Kennedy is concerned some of the 11 revenue generating bills approved by the state House were not passed constitutionally.  The 11 House bills would raise approximately $615 million dollars to help deal with the current budget crisis.  
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Survey shows voters want TOPS program to stay as is
Posted on 5/15/2015 10:53:00 AM.
High School graduation season is underway and a recent statewide survey shows almost two-thirds of voters favor the TOPS scholarship program to remain fully funded despite lawmakers efforts to put a cap on the awards.  A bill that would put limits on TOPS scholarship awards has passed the Senate and will be considered in the House.  
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Despite looming budget cuts, lazy river construction underway at LSU
Posted on 5/11/2015 2:00:00 AM.
Construction is underway to build a "lazy river" on the LSU campus in the shape of the letters L-S-U and some wonder if this is appropriate considering the potentially huge budget cuts facing the school.
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