Wildlife department struggling to stay optimistic among budget cuts


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Undersecretary Bryan McClinton (front) and Secretary Jack Montoucet (center) testify to the House Appropriations subcommittee on Infrastructure and Resources Thursday. Photo by Sarah Gamard.

By Sarah Gamard and Caitie Burkes

BATON ROUGE — Although the funding cards have not always being dealt in their favor, the heads of departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF) remain optimistic about their respective fortunes in the forthcoming fiscal year, the House subcommittee on Infrastructure and Resources was told Thursday.

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So many requests, so little money, Louisiana legislators say

Louisiana state Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, warns that more projects have been approved than the state can afford.  Photo by Sarah Gamard.

By Caitie Burkes & Carrie Grace Henderson

BATON ROUGE — Last year, the Louisiana Legislature approved its annual laundry list of capital expenditures projects for state agencies and municipalities. Upon revisiting the list Tuesday (March 28), members of the House Ways and Means Committee issued a warning: Many are not going to make it.

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Louisianans favor combination of tax increases and spending cuts, survey finds

By Sam Karlin

Most Louisiana residents want lawmakers to use a combination of tax increases and spending cuts to solve the state’s recurring budget problems, according to The Louisiana Survey 2017 by LSU’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs.

The survey, which has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, found a majority of the public supports raising taxes for specific areas, like education, health care and infrastructure, instead of cutting spending on those areas, but there was less support for specific changes to personal income and sales taxes.

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