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News For Thursday 03/28/13


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By Dave Graichen

 

More  good economic news for the Pelican State today. Governor Bobby Jindal  announced  IBM  will be moving into Baton Rouge and bringing 800  new jobs.  About 30-million dollars in state, federal and city money will help  construct the office building, which will also include residential units  overlooking the Mississippi River. Jindal also announced Louisiana will  provide 14-million dollars over ten years to LSU so they can produce  more computer science grads.

 

State Superintendent of Education John White says demand for the state's  voucher program is growing. White says they received nearly 12-thousand  applications from families seeking state assistance to attend a private  school. White says that's up from the 10-thousand applications they  received last year, the first year of the statewide voucher program. The Louisiana Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether the  funding mechanism for the voucher program violates the state  constitution. White is not saying how they will fund the vouchers  program if they get an unfavorable decision.

 

The   Louisiana   Department  of  Health  and   Hospitals   is   now guesstimating our  state could save 368-million dollars by expanding the state's Medicaid  program  under the new federal health law. The savings  would  be spread out over  ten  years.   But  the  governor doesn't like it,  calling it an inappropriate growth of a government entitlement program.

 

The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved a preliminary agreement that allows Shreveport’s Biomedical Research Foundation to negotiate a deal that could lead to the takeover of LSU Health in Shreveport and E.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe.

The board — minus Supervisor John George of Shreveport — unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding that sets off official negotiations.

 

LSU  has  a  new system president  and  chancellor.   The  Board  of Supervisors Wednesday  unanimously gave their approval to naming Dr. F. King Alexander to the  position.   The  former  president  of California State University Long Beach says a great LSU will lead to a great Louisiana for decades to come.

 

The  Louisiana Legislative Democratic Caucus held a press conference yesterday morning to give reasons on why Governor Jindal's tax proposal is bad for the

Bayou State. The press conference came on the heels of a report the Jindal  administration  is  touting  that says the tax-swap plan will lead to more jobs and high incomes for residents. But Leesville Representative James Armes (ARMS) says Jindal's attempt to eliminate income taxes in exchange for higher sales  will  allow  the  rich to

become richer. The head of the caucus, Amite Representative John Bel Edwards,  pointed out the governor’s  plan would create the highest sales tax in the nation.

 

More than 1200 acres have burned since  this  weekends'  wild  fires began  along  the Tangipahoa-St.Tammany parish line. It's created  a haze in the air  for  nearby  parishes  as  well.  Firefighters  say without significant rainfall they will continue to burn. Authorities believe the cause of the fires maybe arson or people burning debris.

 

It's  being  reported the cast of A&E's hit reality  show  Duck Dynasty which is filmed  out of West Monroe want more money -- or no season 4. The Robertson family  is  reportedly  engaged  in a salary standoff with the cable network that's delaying the show's renewal.

 

Total personal income in Louisiana grew at a slower rate than the United States average during the fourth quarter, according to a report released Wednesday.

Total personal income in the state was $183.9 billion during the fourth quarter, an increase of 1.7 percent from the third quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s slightly below the 1.9 percent growth nationwide in total personal income, which is the income earned by individuals from all sources.

 

 

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