Audit: Louisiana nursing home payments keep increasing despite flat occupancy rates, low quality-of-care rankings

Over the last decade, Louisiana has sharply increased its payments to nursing homes even as occupancy rates have stayed flat and quality-of-care rankings have hovered near the bottom, according to a report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. The report also states that Louisiana’s formula to determine how much nursing homes receive in […]

By November 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Gov. John Bel Edwards may rescind order on building standards that some say delayed construction projects

Gov. John Bel Edwards is preparing to rescind an executive order aimed at spurring rebuilding after the August 2016 floods, but also had the effect of delaying construction around the state – about $700 million worth projects in New Orleans alone. Edwards on June 14 ordered a year-long delay of the implementation of uniform construction […]

By November 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Baton Rouge court allows defamation lawsuit against Legislative Auditor to continue

A former cabinet secretary will be able to continue his defamation lawsuit against the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, a civil district court judge in Baton Rouge ruled Monday morning. The state asked 19th Judicial District Court Judge William Morvant to toss out the lawsuit claiming Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera was protected by the same legislative exception […]

By November 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The Rundown: Elections recap, nursing home contracts and more in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: A look back at the weekend’s election results; audit finds nursing home costs rise as little changes in care; Gov. Edwards reconsiders an executive order; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 113…   Click Here For Remainder of Article  […]

By November 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

New treasurer, Medicaid contracts and offshore oil: Louisiana politics today (Nov. 20)

Former state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, will be Louisiana’s next state treasurer, after a lopsided victory over Democrat Derrick Edwards, an attorney from the New Orleans area, Saturday. Story by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. The Advocate and WAFB-TV also covered this subject. Mark Wright was elected to the 77th District seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives on Saturday, beating Rob Maness […]

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Louisiana Spotlight: Retirement debt a hidden cost in budget debate

As Louisiana’s governor and lawmakers continue to struggle to balance the state’s budget, there’s a little-discussed hidden cost siphoning dollars from agencies and colleges, payment of a multibillion-dollar retirement debt left behind by state officials and lawmakers over decades. The good news is the debt is shrinking, which will put Louisiana’s statewide retirement systems for […]

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U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise responds to ‘f—ing liar’ insult from Rosie O’Donnell: ‘Bless your heart’

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise traded barbs online with comedian Rosie O’Donnell on Thursday, shortly after the U.S. House passed a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul that Scalise ushered through the chamber. O’Donnell, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, tweeted at Louisiana Republican Scalise, calling him a “f—ing liar,” after […]

By November 17, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

U.S. House-approved tax overhaul includes language LSU fears as ‘disastrous’

Tax legislation that passed the U.S. House on Thursday contains a key provision that LSU leaders say could be “disastrous” for the school’s athletic programs. The U.S. Senate has not yet taken up its own tax proposal, but it contains the same language that would eliminate a deduction for college sports fans who donate to […]

By November 17, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

House GOP suggests changes to Louisiana Medicaid contracts

State House Republicans have submitted proposed changes they want made to deals with private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients, as the lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over the multibillion-dollar contracts. The governor is proposing 23-month, $15.4 billion extensions for the five managed-care companies, contracts that […]

By November 17, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Turnover in Louisiana Legislature could get worse

If you want to be a state representative or senator when you grow up, or at least by the time the next term commences, then your next shot will likely be in 2019. Or will it? So far we’ve already seen seven special legislative elections conducted since this Legislature was seated on Jan. 11, 2016. […]

By November 16, 2017 0 Comments Read More →