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Louisiana Closes Year With $100M Surplus

Sep 21, 2017

      Louisiana has a rare bit of good budget news: The governor's chief financial officer says the state ended the last budget year with a surplus topping $100 million. 

     Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne outlined the better-than-expected finish to the 2016-17 budget year in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. 

     He says Louisiana collected more money than projected from sales taxes and personal income taxes in the year that closed June 30. 

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The Edwards administration has started the legal process to remove BRF as the operator of the state’s safety net hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a letter has been sent to Shreveport-based BRF that gives them 45 days to correct various problems.

Dardenne says the state has spoken with Ochsner Health System and the New Orleans based hospital company could help BRF run the hospitals or possibly replace BRF.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards' top budget architect spent the weekend in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. 

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was discharged Monday, according to spokesman Cody Wells. 

In a statement, Dardenne said he woke up Saturday morning "feeling pressure in my chest," and went to the hospital. He said an exam "revealed some blockages" for which he was treated.

 He said he was heeding his doctors' advice regarding rest but look forward to returning to work as soon as he's cleared.

Fewer State Construction Contracts In Future

Aug 11, 2016
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Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says there will be fewer construction projects in Louisiana for the next couple of years because of budget limitations. He says the bond commission only allows the state to borrow 6% of what funds the Revenue Estimating Conference says the state has.

Dardenne says the capital outlay bill has become more of an extensive wish list than a plan of what the state can actually accomplish. He says just because a project is included in the construction bill doesn’t mean it will be completed because the funds may not be available. 

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Republican Jay Dardenne, who ran unsuccessfully for governor, is rebuffing GOP contender David Vitter in the runoff election and backing Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards instead.

Edwards hopes Dardenne's endorsement, announced Thursday, will make Republican voters feel more comfortable with supporting a Democrat in the Nov. 21 runoff.

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A major company has decided to place a moratorium on new movie and film productions in Louisiana, following legislative changes to the state's film tax credit program.

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says it's an early sign of companies displeasure in the new law that lowered the tax credit to $180 million.  "It's distressing to see that reaction.  I hope we can alleviate some concerns down the road that we're trying to fix that," said Dardenne.

Cuts Close Pools At Four North La. State Parks

Mar 16, 2015
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Swimming pools at four state parks in north Louisiana will not open this summer.  Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne has announced swimming pools at Chemin-A-Haut, Lake Bisteneau, Lake D'Arbonne, and North Toledo Bend will be closed for the season.

"Those pools won't be open," says Dardenne, "but, alot of parks allow for swimming at beach sites, that won't be affected."  The closure comes due to a round of mid-year budget cuts that impacted the Office of State Parks. 

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The Louisiana Community and Technical College System awarded former Governor Mike Foster the Inaugural Murphy J. “Mike” Foster Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Community and Technical Colleges in Louisiana last week at the annual conference for Louisiana’s community and technical colleges. Named in his honor, Governor Foster was presented with the award for his leadership and vision in creating the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

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A $3.5 million mid-year budget cut for the Department of Tourism means layoffs and reduced hours for the state's parks and museums. 

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne say the reduction is part of Governor Jindal's paln to address a $103 million shortfall to finish out the current fiscal year.  He contends the amount cut is disproportionate to what other agencies are experiencing from this latest move.