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[27 Jul 2015]

By Judy Walker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Deutsches Haus has announced the latest German Regional dinner they will host to raise money for the new Haus on Moss St. The featured region will be Bavaria.
The date is Saturday, Aug. 29, and the Haus and small bar will open at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the dining hall doors will open, and food service begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 in advance, or $30 at the door, although seating is somewhat limited. For reservations, email …

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[26 May 2015]

BY MARK BALLARD| MBALLARD@THEADVOCATE.COM
The $24.3 billion budget bill passed last week by the Louisiana House is about $163 million short, the Jindal administration told state senators who gathered on Memorial Day to take a first look at the state spending plan for next year.
That shortfall can be handled as the Senate tackles the legislation detailing how state government will spend taxpayer dollars for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Senate Finance Chairman Jack Donahue said in an interview after taking the first official look at the operating budget proposal.
Of more immediate …

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[20 May 2015]

BY ELIZABETH CRISP| ECRISP@THEADVOCATE.COM
 
A key House panel has advanced legislation that seeks to rein in the cost of Louisiana’s TOPS scholarship program and give colleges more authority over the tuition they charge.
The House Education Committee approved of Sen. Jack Donahue’s Senate Bills 48 and 155 following brief discussions on each Wednesday morning. No members objected to sending the bills to the full House for consideration. The Senate has already agreed to them. Both would ultimately require approval from Louisiana voters.
SB48 seeks to eliminate the automatic increases in scholarship awards students …

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[20 May 2015]

 

BY TYLER BRIDGES AND MARK BALLARD| TBRIDGES@THEADVOCATE.COM MBALLARD@THEADVOCATE.COM
Louisiana’s difficult financial picture brightened a bit on Tuesday.
That had state lawmakers saying they now face an easier job in meeting their constitutional responsibility to balance the budget this year and next, while achieving their goal of doing that without preventing cuts to the public health care system and to public colleges and universities.
“It gets us closer to where we need to be,” said Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, who is chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. “Our hope is the Senate …

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[20 May 2015]

BY MELINDA DESLATTEAssociated Press
A package of House-approved tax bills estimated to raise $615 million for next year’s budget sailed through its first stop in the Senate on Monday, as budget negotiations continue.
Without objection, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced 11 bills to rework tax break programs, scale back state subsidies for businesses and raise the state cigarette tax by 32 cents per pack. Three bills would make an across-the-board cut of 20 percent for most of the state’s tax breaks.
The proposals — several of which face opposition from …