Gov. Jindal asks federal judge to remove Common Core from Louisiana schools

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington in this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Gov. Bobby Jindal urged a federal judge Wednesday to do what two Baton Rouge state judges have recently refused to do — derail the Common Core train in Louisiana. Jindal filed a lawsuit in Baton Rouge federal court against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to coerce states to adopt the Common Core academic standards and accompanying tests. The governor, in a court-filed memorandum, accuses the U.S. Department… Continue reading →

Future of ‘Big Oil’ suit at stake as panel meets

It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood board that’s suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
The panel that nominates members for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East discussed plans to fill two expired terms Thursday. But members said a vote cannot legally take place until September.
One of the expired terms is that of Paul Kemp, a supporter of the lawsuit, which… Continue reading →

Future of Big Oil suit at stake as panel meets

It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood protection board that’s suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies. The panel that nominates members for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East discussed plans to fill two expired terms Thursday. But members said a vote cannot legally take place until September. One of the expired terms is that of Paul Kemp,… Continue reading →

Our Views: Solid facts in dispute

Medicaid is complex, because private insurers paid by the program provide health coverage for more than 890,000 people in Louisiana. Yet the gap in understanding between the state agency overseeing Medicaid and the Legislative Auditor’s Office is worrisome, because the Legislature and the public need a solid assessment of significant changes made under Gov. Bobby Jindal. A report from the legislative auditor said the Jindal administration’s positive report — is there any other kind from state… Continue reading →

Books balanced for La.'s last budget year, with borrowing

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of the new State Capitol building and grounds.

The books on Louisiana’s last budget year have been closed, but it took a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work. To fill gaps in the budget that ended June 30, the treasury had to dip into dollars slated to pay for state agency operations this year. Treasurer John Kennedy said the state used $24 million from this year’s budget to plug last year’s holes. That’s part of a continuing balancing act… Continue reading →