Louisiana Legislature

12:44pm

Wed March 25, 2015
Politics

Louisiana policy expert: 'State lawmakers are in a difficult box'

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, speaks Thursday to members of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

The president of the government advocacy group Council for a Better Louisiana, Barry Erwin, will brief the Bossier Chamber of Commerce business community Thursday about topics that will be addressed during the legislative session that opens April 13.

The session boils down to two heated debates: budget and Common Core standards, according to Erwin. Lawmakers face a $1.6 billion budget gap in a system where health care and higher education bear the brunt of the revenue shortfall because the rest of the state budget is less malleable.

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9:10am

Tue March 19, 2013
Local

La. lawmaker draws attention to health care bill

Louisiana District 3 Rep. Barbara Norton spoke to a bevy of reporters when she unveiled details of her bill to expand Medicaid in the state under the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Flanked by supporters, Louisiana District 3 Rep. Barbara Norton of Shreveport explained her motivations yesterday for filing a bill that would require the state to sign on to an expansion of the Medicaid program and participate in the Affordable Care Act. Estimates are that up to 400,000 more Louisianans could be eligible for Medicaid next year and thereafter if the state chose to expand the program, with the federal government picking up most of the tab. Gov. Bobby Jindal has criticized such a move, calling Medicaid an inefficient and poorly managed program.

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7:00pm

Fri March 30, 2012
Politics

Louisiana Public Square: Redefining State Retirement

Airs Friday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m.  With over 83,000 employees, the State of Louisiana is the largest employer in the state. The retirement systems covering these current employees and former state workers have accumulated more than $18 billion in unfunded debt. Last year public employees’ pensions cost Louisiana taxpayers $1.78 billion. Governor Jindal has put forth several proposals this legislative session to transform the system to regain solvency. How will the changes affect current state employees and new hires? And can the system be revamped without breaking the promise to those who have provided years of public service?

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