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Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus to try again to expand Medicaid

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 15:43 Written by
The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus will try again to expand Medicaid coverage for about 300,000 people they say don’t make enough money to buy health insurance on their own, the group’s leader said Tuesday. This would be the third attempt to adopt a key component of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Legislators have shot down the previous attempts. “We know national Republicans are against the ACA. It has spilled over into Louisiana,”
Common Core opponents lose first fight in the Louisiana Legislature
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:35 Written by
The first Common Core battle of the Louisiana legislative session is over -- and the anti-Common Core side lost. House members voted 61-36 Monday (April 20) to keep a bill that calls for ditching the controversial academic standards (HB 373) in the House Education Committee, where it will likely die. Typically, bills that deal with academic standards have to be heard by the House Education Committee before moving to a vote of the full body.
Analysis: Lawmakers start looking at tax proposals
Monday, 20 April 2015 17:07 Written by
Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert reviews notes and financial documents before making her budget presentation to the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday in Baton Rouge. Lawmakers on the committee expressed concerns about possible cuts to health services for next year.(Photo: AP) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE BATON ROUGE – As they look for ways to solve next year’s budget problems, Louisiana lawmakers are getting a crash course in the state’s tax
More Money for Trees, Streets and Sidewalks Under LA Mayor's 2015-16 Budget Proposal
Monday, 20 April 2015 16:42 Written by
Mayor Eric Garcetti released an $8.5 billion budget proposal Monday that he called the healthiest in years, including more funding for tree-trimming, street-cleaning, sidewalk repairs and affordable housing. The proposed 2015-16 budget also calls for purchasing 7,000 police body cameras and funding more in-car digital cameras for police officers, along with an additional $5.5 million for the city's anti-gang program and $567,000 to expand a domestic abuse response program to all police stations. Push to
LA mayor proposes nearly $8.6 billion budget
Monday, 20 April 2015 16:01 Written by
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed a nearly $8.6 billion budget for Los Angeles that adds millions for police and public safety programs. Announced Monday, the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 would maintain funding for 10,000 police officers, buy 7,000 LAPD body cameras, add $5.5 million for the city's anti-gang program and expand a domestic abuse response program. A spike in violent crime prompted Garcetti to emphasize
House panel OKs limiting transportation funds to State Police
Monday, 20 April 2015 15:49 Written by
Rep. Terry Landry Sr. (foreground), D-New Iberia, testifies Monday before the House Appropriations Committee about his House Bill 208 to limit money to State Police from the Transportation Trust Fund. Watching Landry testify is Courtney Baker of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, which supports the bill.(Photo: Richard Sharkey/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE BATON ROUGE – A bill “putting the trust back into the Transportation
LA Mayor Unveils $8.5B Budget Plan To Boost Services, LAPD Staffing
Monday, 20 April 2015 15:48 Written by
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Tree-trimming services, sidewalk repairs, and affordable housing in Los Angeles would be among several local programs to receive a boost in funding under a proposed $8.5 billion budget plan released Monday. KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports Garcetti unveiled his budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year, a plan which the mayor called the healthiest in years. Along with more funding for city services, the budget plan (PDF) calls for
While others face cuts, Louisiana legislative leaders propose standstill budget for themselves
Monday, 20 April 2015 15:38 Written by
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Despite the state's $1.6 billion shortfall, the Louisiana Legislature's spending isn't on the chopping block. A panel of legislative leaders Monday recommended a $98.4 million budget to finance the House, Senate and other legislative agencies in the upcoming fiscal year. That's the same amount the Legislature received this year. The proposal comes as colleges and health services are threatened with deep cuts and most state departments are slated for reductions next…
Legislative leaders propose standstill budget for themselves
Monday, 20 April 2015 15:27 Written by
By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Despite the state's $1.6 billion shortfall, the Louisiana Legislature's spending isn't on the chopping block. A panel of legislative leaders Monday recommended a $98.4 million budget to finance the House, Senate and other legislative agencies in the upcoming fiscal year. That's the same amount the Legislature received this year. The proposal comes as colleges and health services are threatened with deep cuts and most state…
Consultant criticizes solar as Legislature considers cutting credits
Monday, 20 April 2015 15:18 Written by
By: Tegan Wendland, Reporter April 17, 20150 As the Louisiana Legislature considers an early sunset on solar tax credits, a consultant for the Public Service Commission spoke to a group of engineers in New Orleans about how much money the state is spending on the renewable energy source. SubscribeLogin Already a paid subscriber but not registered
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