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House backs Common Core compromise as Jindal gets on board

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:48 Written by
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has agreed to the main planks of a Common Core compromise, appearing to quiet the controversy over the education standards for the legislative session. Near-unanimous votes Wednesday for the two bills came as Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his support for the deal. One bill would set in motion a review of the multistate English and math standards with public
Our Legislature Performs So Poorly Because – Wait For It – We Don’t Elect Enough Good People To The Legislature
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:28 Written by
Yes, yes, that’s an obvious statement. But we have a fun exposition of how true it is, thanks to the miracle of Facebook. Specifically, we bring you the social media postings of Democrat state representative James Armes of Leesville, who is a landscape contractor in his day job. Hopefully, Armes is good at that. Hopefully he’s better at it than he is at communicating via social media. Here’s a taste… The
Ohio Senate Republicans eye larger tax cuts in their budget plan
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:10 Written by
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Senate Republicans are looking to pass a larger tax cut in the state's next budget than either the governor or the Ohio House have proposed, Senate President Keith Faber said Wednesday. Faber, a Mercer County Republican, told reporters that he's "optimistic" that the Senate will pass a budget later this month that includes a net tax cut that exceeds $1.2 billion, as called for in the Ohio House's budget plan. The
Eating Organic on a Budget
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:21 Written by
ALBUQUERQUE (KASA) – Many people think that shopping healthy and shopping on a budget don’t mix. Think again! We are talking to our friends at La Montanita Co-op about how to get fresh, local and organic produce without breaking the bank. http://lamontanita.coop/ Share this: Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in
Louisiana Common-Core Compromise Progresses, But Uncertainty Tags Along
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:11 Written by
Tweet Louisiana's compromise concerning the Common Core State Standards and the aligned test is moving ahead. But that doesn't mean all the potential problems are resolved. On Wednesday, the state House of Representatives was due to consider two of the three bills that deal with the compromise. And in a move anticipating that the compromise will ultimately become law, state Superintendent John White unveiled a four-committee
Three Marijuana Reform Bills Filed in Louisiana
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:06 Written by
Drug War Issues Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, 2015 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and…
Louisiana Medicaid expansion gains Republican support, heads to Senate floor for final passage
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:34 Written by
The prospects of Medicaid expansion next year after a new governor takes office grew brighter Wednesday. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee advanced a measure that could lead to Louisiana participating in key component of the federal Affordable Care Act. House Concurrent Resolution 75 is now headed to the Senate floor where final legislative passage is looming. HCR75 would allow Louisiana hospitals to assess fees on themselves to attract more federal dollars for
LA pro-lifers watched bill stall in senate committee
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:33 Written by
Pro-lifers in Louisiana say their options are limited after pro-life senators failed to help pass a bill out of committee. The bill to ban sex-selective abortion was scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee with at least some pro-life senators ready for the debate and a vote. Benjamin Clapper of the Louisiana Right to Life Federation says the bill stalled with a 2-2 vote. Clapper "Sadly some pro-life members, with pro-life voting
Budget crisis forces City Council to suspend La Palma Days
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:05 Written by
The City of La Palma is at a critical crossroads in its 60 year history. The Great Recession and the loss of the City’s largest sales tax producer have caused municipal revenues to decrease while pensions, insurance, and other costs are increasing. In response, the City Council has reduced the City’s workforce 20%, from 65 employees to 52 (pre-1985 staffing levels), including the elimination of two department directors. In addition, the City has been forced…
Medicaid expansion financing tool nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:24 Written by
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A proposal to help pay for Louisiana to expand its Medicaid program if its next governor is interested continues to zip through the Legislature. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved the proposal by Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley without objection Wednesday. The House already has agreed to the legislation, which heads to the full Senate for debate. Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes the Medicaid expansion allowed under the federal health care…
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