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The budget crisis: Wielding the knife

Cutting the budget sounds a lot easier than it is, especially in Louisiana, where only $2.9 billion out of a $26.7 billion state budget...

The budget crisis: What’s on the table to plug this year’s shortfall?

In the upcoming special session, the administration of Gov. John Bel Edwards is proposing four immediate solutions to the revenue shortfall in this year’s...

The budget crisis: What’s on the table to balance next year’s budget?

Gov. John Bel Edwards has suggested a laundry list of some 20 potential tax increases for lawmakers to consider during the three-week special session...

The budget crisis: A knack for numbers

(Photography by Brian Baiamonte: Julie Stokes) The first time Rep. Julie Stokes gave a speech last year on the state’s current budget mess, her PowerPoint...

Publisher: It’s time to barbecue the sacred cows

In my 60 years in my home state, I have found that folks here usually change only when they have to—and that’s usually when...

What the new Medicaid paradigm might mean for Louisiana

(AP Photo: Gov. John Bel Edwards signs an executive order announcing Louisiana's intention to expand Medicaid benefits.) On the campaign trail, Louisiana Gov. John Bel...

Can a new collaborative get buy-in on a sustainable strategy for Louisiana’s colleges and...

(Photography by Brian Baiamonte: Joe Rallo) The academic, business and nonprofit representatives assembled to discuss the future of higher education listened as higher ed commissioner...

Will charters, vouchers, Common Core and John White survive the new administration?

(Photography by The Associated Press: Louisiana Schools Superintendent John White) There are several new faces on the 11-member Board of Elementary and Secondary Education this...

So where are all the Jindal secretaries going?

Out with the old, in with the new. Louisiana has a new governor, and he has come in and cleaned house—namely, the cabinet. Gov....

A conversation with Gov. Bobby Jindal on what lies ahead

(Photography by The Associated Press: Gov. Bobby Jindal) Bobby Jindal made history when he was elected governor of Louisiana in 2007, becoming not only the...

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