Children's mental health program survives proposed cut
Posted on 3/22/2017 12:45:00 PM.

A Medicaid program that serves mentally ill children will remain intact after the Senate Health and Welfare Committee rejects a proposal to eliminate it. The administration proposed cutting the program by April 1 to save the state $2.2 million because of cuts to the Department of Health made in the special session. Lake Charles Senator Ronnie Johns is frustrated lawmakers didn’t use more rainy day dollars to avoid this.
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Sen Fannin proposes a way to reduce the need for a midyear budget cut
Posted on 3/20/2017 12:04:00 PM.

A north Louisiana lawmaker believes he has the solution to Louisiana’s ongoing midyear budget cuts. Jonesboro Senator Jim Fannin says the Revenue Estimating Conference consistently overestimates how much money the state will bring in, which leads to midyear cuts every year.
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Cuts to Department of Agriculture could leave Louisiana vulnerable to wildfires
Posted on 3/7/2017 4:51:00 AM.

Recent state budget cuts to the Department of Agriculture means Louisiana might not have the necessary resources to fight wildfires. That’s according to Ag Commissioner Mike Strain, who says one of the issues with the Gatlinburg fire in Tennessee is that the federal government decreased their firefighting budget. He say that means there wasn’t appropriate forest management.
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Governor and lawmakers struggling to reach a consensus on budget deficit elimination plan
Posted on 2/15/2017 6:32:00 AM.
Legislation that authorizes the use of the rainy day fund to address a 304-million dollar midyear budget deficit is heading to the Senate floor. Senate President John Alario says dipping into the state's savings account will stave off cuts to colleges, public schools and child services programs.
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Governor Edwards makes his case to legislators on using the rainy day fund
Posted on 2/13/2017 8:14:00 PM.
On the opening night of the special session, Governor John Bel Edwards laid out his reasons on why the state legislature should use 119-million dollars from the rainy day fund to address a 304-million dollar shortfall. Edwards says without using it, cuts will likely have to be made to higher education, public schools and social services like foster care.
 
"This is the most justified use of using the Rainy Day fund in my decade of public service," Edwards said.
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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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Gov Edwards releases plan to close $304 million budget deficit
Posted on 2/6/2017 4:16:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has unveiled his plan for resolving a $304 million midyear budget deficit. The governor’s Communications Director Richard Carbo says the proposal calls for using money from the rainy day fund, a large cut to the Department of Health’s budget, and state elected officials would also make cuts to their budgets.
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Parents of disabled children urge the use of Rainy Day Fund
Posted on 1/30/2017 11:34:00 AM.

With a $304 million budget deficit and a special session coming up next month, does that mean more cuts to healthcare services? Angela Lorio, co-found of Trach Mommas of Louisiana, is worried she will lose state assistance for her 3-year-old son who uses a feeding tube. She says using the Rainy Day Fund to offset the shortfall is a no brainer.
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Could there be another special session next year?
Posted on 12/19/2016 4:29:00 AM.

There’s talk around the Capitol about the potential for another special session to address a looming $300 million budget shortfall for this fiscal year. That’s according to LaPolitics.com, who heard that from a source within the Edwards Administration. But political analyst and pollster Bernie Pinsonat says voters do not want to raise any more taxes.
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LSU President concerned about enrollment & teacher retention with more cuts coming
Posted on 12/14/2016 12:40:00 PM.

LSU President F. King Alexander went before the House Appropriations Committee and expressed concerns over a possible 16th budget cut in nine years. Alexander says they can’t be much more efficient when LSU is already 46 out of 50 flagship universities in per student spending. He says at some point we need to invest in the next generation of students.
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