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04/09 - Legislative Preview 2009

What’s in store in the upcoming regular session?

With a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall in Louisiana’s general fund, the state could be facing drastic cuts in higher education and health services. But will federal stimulus money provide much-needed relief? Explore what’s in store in the upcoming regular session in the April edition of LPB’s award-winning public affairs show Louisiana Public Square. LPB President Beth Courtney and LSU Media Law Professor Craig Freeman are your hosts.

The Louisiana Forestry Association underwrites Louisiana Public Square.

Wednesday, April 22 at 7PM and Sunday, April 26 at 4PM

LIVE CHAT at 2PM on Thursday, April 23.


When the Louisiana Legislature convenes on Monday, April 27th it will be facing quite a different picture than it did a year ago when oil was over $100 a barrel and the state was projecting state revenues of $9.7 billion. Due to lower oil prices and declining sales and corporate income tax collections, the state is facing a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall. Since 2009 is an odd-numbered year, the focus of this session will primarily be fiscal with most of the attention going to Governor Jindal’s proposed $26.7 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2009 and ending on June 30, 2010.

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