Today, the Jindal Administration released its Executive Budget in front of an overflow audience at the State Capitol today. The issue--how to plug a gaping $1.6B budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.
Below is a budget overview from the administration issued today moments after the proceedings began.
Better late than never, never let a crisis go to waste, or whatever saying fits to describe an attempt to do what made far too much sense years ago, which for that reason didn’t get done, in the merging of the University of New Orleans and Southern University in New Orleans.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has issued a statement regarding the good and bad news associated with the anticipated Moody's Investors Services rating and outlook.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of LABI
Can you hear it?
Do you hear that gnashing and grinding noise? You may have to be very quiet and cup your hand around your ear, but if you concentrate for just a moment, I bet you can hear it off in the distance. Take a moment and try it. Quiet your breathing and listen very closely...do you hear it?
State Rep. Jim Fannin (D/R-Jonesboro) may have inadvertently exposed the Jindal administration’s $178 million “surplus” for the fraud it is in a brief conversation with one of our readers from north Louisiana who knew the right questions to ask,LouisianaVoice has learned.
by Tom Aswell, publisher of Louisiana Voice
The scene is a cheesy carnival with a sleazy barker trying to coax indifferent passersby into a tent sideshow that is certain to be equal parts hype and fraudulence. You can almost hear his voice as he drones:
The Jindal versus John Kennedy budget battle continues.
On Wednesday, the Jindal administration in advance of a legislative hearing on the budget surplus it reports slammed Treasurer John Kennedy in the administration attempts to defend itself from criticism it has been receiving since it reported ten days ago that Louisiana would end the past fiscal year with a surplus.
In part two of a three-part Google Hangout webcast interview with Louisiana treasurer John Kennedy, the discussion turned to the Louisiana budget deficit and the state’s consultant contracts. In part I of the interview, as he has done so in the past, Kennedy, pointed out that Louisiana’s budget obligations have been met by using budget gimmicks, one-time monies, depleting various dedicated trust accounts, severely cutting education while allowing bloated government consulting contracts to prosper.
What is the future for Louisiana's budgetary problems, healthcare, hospitals, helping the elderly and services such as education?
These were some of the issues discussed in a Bayoubuzz.com Google Hangout interview webcasted live Wednesday morning with Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy.
How bad is the Louisiana budget, now that the state legislature is two weeks away from session's end? Is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal helping or hurting the state's budgetary process with his policies and practices?