17:30 LRN Legislative Report

The House postponed votes until tomorrow on bills that would raise taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. House Speaker Taylor Barras says they are waiting to see what the Senate will do with a House-approved measure that calls for 106-million dollars in cuts to the current fiscal year…
cut 30 (15) “….is complete”
The special session ends on March 9th and the House and Senate are far part when it comes to a plan on how to deal with a 900-million dollar budget deficit.

And LSU President F King Alexander stands behind comments that proposed cuts to higher education could keep the LSU football team off the field next fall…
cut 24 (08) “….eligible”

State agencies are describing what the potential impacts will be if the legislature approves the House’s plan to cut 106-million dollars from the current fiscal year’s budget. Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee says they would have to lay-off restaurant inspectors, which is a serious public health riskā€¦
cut 7 (08) “….get an inspection”
The Department of Education says if the House’s budget cutting plan goes through, they won’t be able to give out standardized tests this spring and payments for voucher will stop before the end of the school year. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says he’s open to reducing the size of the cut the department of education could receive…
cut 29 (17) “…we can”