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Third session is 'last chance' to solve budget problem

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Third session is 'last chance' to solve budget problem
BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards chided a group of House Republicans Monday for having blocked efforts to raise revenue to avoid budget cuts at the opening of the third special legislative session this year. He also said this was the “last chance” to solve the problem. “Over the past several months, partisan politics have infested this building in a way we have never seen before,” Edwards said in an address to the Legislature. He added that “the constant mix of partisan angling” was “...
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LSU AgCenter has opening for assistant/associate extension agent
The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter) seeks applicants for an Assistant/Associate Extension Agent position for natural resources of Northwest Louisiana. The agent’s office will be located in the Bossier Parish extension office in Benton, LA. The population of Bossier Parish is approximately 125,000.
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Being labeled villain in Legislature 'worth it,' Seabaugh says
BATON ROUGE — When Republican Rep. Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport filibustered in the final minutes of the legislative session Monday, he was not sure whether a last-ditch effort to vote on a revenue-raising bill he deemed disastrous would have succeeded. But Seabaugh, who is one of about 20 House Republicans who have consistently voted against any tax increase, said in interviews that his maneuver to block the vote “was worth it,” even though it has placed him at the center of controversy over ...
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Budget cuts would force release of 10,000 inmates, Corrections head says
BATON ROUGE — The head of the state Corrections Department said his agency would have to release 10,000 inmates starting July 1 if the Legislature does not raise more revenue by then. Jimmy Le Blanc, the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, said the agency could not weather the $75 million in cuts apportioned to it by the Legislature on Monday without sharply reducing the inmate population and its staff.
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Education commissioner: 'Nothing has gotten better'
BATON ROUGE — Joseph Rallo, the state’s departing higher education leader, said Thursday that parents and students should “feel outraged” that lawmakers failed for a second time to raise enough revenue to fully fund TOPS and avoid significant cuts at universities. The Legislature passed a budget Monday that would slash funding for TOPS scholarships by 30 percent, or $85 million, and cut operating funds for universities, which had already declined substantially over the last decade, by $96 mi...
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Edwards talks expected cuts following second special session
BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday outlined cuts to higher education, criminal justice and assistance to needy families in a budget passed by the Legislature and made a pitch for renewing a half-penny of sales taxes to avert most of them. He made the comments in his first public appearance since he sharply criticized House leaders at a news conference minutes after the dramatic conclusion of a special session Monday night.
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