Aug 10, 2016|
Tommy talks to Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne and Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Rallo about TOPS funding.
Tommy talks to Kevin in Metairie about his wife's need for medication to cope with constant, chronic pain.
Tommy talks to WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris about a new report that New Orleans had more drug-related deaths than homicides.
Tommy talks to State Representative Cameron Henry about the current state and the future of TOPS.
Tommy talks to David Howard, Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management at Emory University, about the state of Obamacare going forward.
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Qualifies her top scholarship. At the highest level that they have an -- at that the bill from the college the other day and came out to zero what with the scholarship she has and so forth. So I don't know if her award was down from last year are not all incomes and came out to zero. And I was OK with that Jay Darden commissioner of administration. Joins run M morning Jake we aren't but that's not the case for some parents as it relates to tops for these years Erin. That is right about 70% overall community and tops funding for the budget that was approved for the fiscal year that began July 01. And the legislature. In the second special session to candidate warm funny and Lou those payments to student sent and or parents. So. These tiny 3% that tops award for the fall semester is being funded to about 7% that's not being funded. In the second semester that was good little sticker shock accustomed bounce up to that 70% overall conduct. Only about 43% of the tops awards are going to be paid by the state in the spring semester so that's when it will really. Now does that mean everybody is getting 93% of what they got last year or in 93% of those they got tops last year get them and 7% won't. Don't know what everybody gets the award but at reduced percent. 93% of what it was last year next year it's going to be. 30% of and a picture of second some sentiment ministry at 43 course approximately. Of what you got last year orchard tuition bill for the current year right now so it would it would it was the chances that. I don't know what would it take another's. Special sessions is changed this under the falls some for the Brooklyn semester and is there any chance of that happening. As a practical matter that the interest it would take another special session additional supplemental funding. Being in genocide and inappropriate about the legislature and where situation now and in countries solved where. I'm afraid we're gonna have any deficit from the fiscal years ended on gene thirty. We'll know in a few weeks when the final numbers are available but I am. I'm anticipating that we're gonna have some shortfalls from the sixteenth fiscal year which means it will have to be petty. In the current fiscal year out of money that's available this year which means potential additional budget. So procedurally speaking how can you make those cuts. Without a special session and who who would make that call would governors at but the law says yeah. Are there Americans. Put in place once a deficit wrecking as the governor has authority to make cuts up to a certain percentage of the joint legislative committee on the budget. Hasn't an opportunity to make cuts in in the full legislature has an opportunity in my conditional. As a practical matter though if weeks. If we both face the reality that we have a shortfall in past few years of the fiscal year that has to be interest this year. We party at bat as departments and agencies integration. Be aware that we may very well be facing another budget cuts this year that they should be planning accordingly says that there. Not spending money as fast as they might otherwise do and could. The shorter time period you have to address that bet that cut the more difficult to the console encourage departments and agencies to anticipate some level of additional cuts. And in save some money for that purpose. And what didn't come in that was thought to become an. We don't know yet will will have to wait until the economists tell us that the revenue estimating conference but I can tell you my suspicion is that. Corporate income tax continues to lose to not be what was projected. I think sales taxes and in person because of the increase in the opinions sales tax on my my guess is that number one city. Firm for money and emerging market them reflecting increased sales tax reduction and a corporate income tax and possibly an additional reduction in. Personally come quick mental revenue also has bearing on this cause fuel prices have gone down we have oil pry extra thirty dollars where. More coming off a sales tax free weekend needed to how much does that cost the state approximately. I don't know I don't know exactly what it is there's been a lot of criticism both of this sales tax holidays is not being very good tax policy and I think you'll see some discussion about that. When I beat them to task force it's looking overall tax structure makes recommendations and that'll be a topic of discussion. The legislature it's it's a popular concept obviously as you know we've Morse sales tax properties in the pass some of which were cut out. But boot from a tax policy standpoint it's not viewed isn't a very Smart policies. So in terms of 93% of what when you got last year for top sort. 8093%. Of the reward for which you're eligible would be to correct way to say it. How did they go from a hundred to 93 or will we misled one session and. Though I'll pick out that you misled them in the realty is the overall collector types owning 70%. But the legislature and us and earlier wanted to front of that money so people would get bigger drops benefit in the fall and played as much time to prepare. But the fact that they wouldn't get the full funding till we're retooled to be slowly. Well like I don't know at some point out some people may have says it was going to be fully fund the little back and forth there legislative process. That the governor never recommended full funding simply because. We didn't and the reason to be able to do when we wanna be fully formed tops I think and I hope in the future it will be a priority for the state but given the crisis that. Governor Edward Erica from governor Jindal we we could wonder and it'll double file appropriate. My political sense tells me that once you go a semester given people 43%. The top Sri award that it'll never go back above that remind them I'm Macon things open minded being. Argument about well about that that assessment and they're very strong sense both governor and legislature that. Cops needs to be fully funded have been some changes in the tops. The laws and has been a discussion about the way in which. A work or get an out but I think most of the members of legislature and the governor still believe that's top priority for the state. This this year the cut was that assertion because everything else was cut to we have team we have in my future. Look at probably two billion dollar deficit that was in here acted and he put that in the entire. Once they want to help I hope your right number wrong and I ai thank you for coming on. Tied Jay Darden commissioner of administration. But big givers and lieutenant governor Jay Darden and commissioner of administration jade garden. Lieutenant governor Jay Darden was it is isolated diagonal time and world commissioner not so much 822 if you had a change do you tops. Reward I'd like to know how you dealing with a and are you now. Just saving money and had you been warned about tops are you put an extra money away knowing. Come spring semester I'm only in less than half old we got before a 22 years traffic DeVon WL. 827 Tommy Tucker we're about topside Gil. I seem remember those stories at the end of the special session. From being that in and lawmakers saying. That Thompson would be fully funded because being front loaded for the first semester. And then. And the second semester. It would be kind and you only get 70% of what. And again is is a way I remember at 70% of what the award would be the scholarship. And now we're hearing from the commissioner of administration I guess part of this is because a revenues are not what the estimating committee thought they would be. For next semester you and and at 43%. Of the oh Warner less than half. If I got that right of what it is either way it's about half of what you got no matter what side the 43% is on. Weather's which unit get it would you can lose. Your Thompson board next year and how is it going to affect you Ke it or you. And ideas are to make cutbacks now and save that money. Rose to spend an hour 9 o'clock talking about the of being in raising tolls on the cause way to put up the protective railing and some people listened very. Strong opinions about that Hank and I on the causeway to morning or Devin WL. Good morning. I'm not sure. I'm not all pack up and card but I must act now that I'm aware. And our profile vehicles leased. Trucks that are listed and now. More commercial trucks and shoot me or lifted. It vehicles more prone to rollover. And the more prone to go over warriors one counteract that my caller are going down that way. That I know ailing. It. And what you're Mir on your car which is the most people more. That your shall clipper or are you. And I get totally on that Larry they get. Richter. Authority. Go go lower bike and go a lot. And now. And and addressed the problem that. They talk about eleven. And a decade and a half but apparently it. Bridge. Wouldn't. And and elsewhere call but I'm going like. I don't know that part to an odd. Blanket tell you what at 9 o'clock grid talked to both sides on that day in. One gentleman talks about a cost benefit analysis where. If you look at and if I understand correctly what he's saying the number of vehicles that are involved in over boards and the cost. That it would take to keep that from happening that it's not in any way worth it. But we'll talk to. We'll talk to Carlton do for show in world talked to. By Charles Goodwin. 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We've got to WL right now time for Devin WL first news with Chris Miller aka Joseph Rowe joins is trying to Louisiana commission Louisiana commissioner of higher education and talk about. Well what some parents got a week when he got the bill from the university which causes surprises cars tops running the morning senator. I'm done our eight the I guess onto and find is just in complete and total honestly my daughter gets the highest top award and that she can. And with the scholarships and tuition bill came up to zero so unhappy. It might only be 93% of what she would have gotten I don't know but for some parents doctors comes is shocked. That is not very easily overcome. What I think we agree there I mean obviously the legislature and an executive branch worked long and hard these last three sessions as you well know and sadly they were able Abu. Unable to come up with about. The full funding for tops but at the same time they tried to so to lessen the blow by trying to get as close to a 100% for the fallen and see what happens with the spread. Com you know we're talking to Jay Darden just now when and I don't think either one of us and I don't know if you think there will be a special session I don't think there's going to be. And you talked about maybe half of the tops award so I guess your advice to parents would be. Start making alternate plans now on what would you say to parents of seniors that are getting rightists aren't that. Probably the best year of their lives is senior in high school as it relates to college selection. Well I think we were recognize understand and underscore that higher education is is basically an investment in your future. And indeed if you take it from that perspective and I would urge you know students and parents to us to do whatever is necessary to make sure that their their child or student has that opportunity. Going forward you know people by our all the time people by boats. Those investments in the as a wonderful investment but the same time higher education serving cares along pretty well. A time in a car or boat and a lot more fully aware I would suggest they approach it. I would never take on Louisiana commissioner of higher education but another way to look at it is a car in a boat is going to depreciating you would think that college education would do nothing but. Appreciate in value. You're you're exactly right in terms of that and a and it is unfortunate the way things that worked out in terms of the of the timing. It would have been you know if parents and had a year to plan for obviously that would have been a little bit. Whereas soften the blow open at the same time I think the legislature by promoting as much as possible with all trying to give them. You have three or four more months to basically have to figure out you know how to get it how they're gonna make you know manage the future going forward. I hear so much about. Parents and well if if there's not tops oh or not enough tops then iMac and a tell my child to limit their selection schooled in cinema Tom look out a statement. It would seem to me. If you need tops ago practically speaking now if you need topsy to find your child's education or your own in in. State will then you certainly. Couldn't afford to go out of state unless. If you do have the money then. Yeah and sounds and even even with tops I don't thinking you it's gonna be without house rather it's gonna be cheaper to go somewhere houses are. You look at two things that would cost and also that you view of our education is great institutions. And the crop that this is quite quite modest I mean I look at oil and nor a few years ago. And that you paid. The instate to you if you pay into question the reason and it is less than in state situation in Illinois I understand. You know that parents saying well you know I was gonna get on the present and now I'm not the same time if you look at the actual cost. Is a great guy Korea outcome of higher education product missed it is actually. Is our enemy any of them any budget any attempts. Reappoint parents or at least do you have to mourn them a couple of times that OK keep in mind. If you count on jobs yet gonna get the regular award is you behalf of that you need to make alternative arrangements are. Is that up the owns on the parents to and up to them that stay informed and inserts given money. Well I think it at the combination of the west the west side bets you know Louisiana office of financial student system flops as is excellent. And I looked at right now she did so you buy institution you know how much situation with the increase since there is any. Intuition is how much the payment will be in the all how much the payment is anticipated spring. So parents really can educate themselves by going out it'll give them almost super sized dollar value. I think that we don't we're not aware rep is important times and if you spoke to commissioner Gartner and insane paper the other day. It looks like there may be short all of this union terms of the budget from last year. And in which case then agencies operate and master plan so that we don't know whether that could affect the tops of war or not. But I would just be urged people just to you know keep apprised of the news what is your stations and newspapers have. How will put that information out there as soon as we get. I get a text says businesses have to restructure all the time in order to survive. The university system can do the same but I know. A lot of universities. Have already lost faculty not just in terms of laying off but faculty members at see the writing on the wall and therein for greener pastures. I think you're right. It is an example of over the over the past seven years. The higher education in this state has lost more money in actual dollars it would increase in tuition. Than any other state agencies so from a business perspective as you know I'm a former business professor that you start talking about efficiencies we certainly have cause divisions and we've also. Lot more people whether they've gone to other institutions or whether it's simply left. The educational environment we've lost almost 5000 employees. Now you know business divisions is not just about cutting its about the value and what you're trying to produce and that's where the concern is. Ever gave the point out class sizes and back of the leaving or more important faculty not coming here. That would begin to jeopardize the quality of our education that's really where we need to take stands. Doctor I mean a to W personal business color you'll light flow guy like Olga. It adds a little accounting joke and it's not everybody but for those that understand it. I had a good there right thank you doctor Joseph Rob Lowe Louisiana commissioner of higher education and in some text here about this Orlando shooters. His father being behind Hillary Clinton in Kissimmee your Kissimmee glory yesterday. And Clinton Campaign says they did know about it till after the event it was an album of antibodies currently wanted. And I don't know why that would have sent anybody when am I missing here Tuesday at no point the father says he's cooperating fully. With the federal government in terms of his son duo in this and I don't I don't. I don't know when it matters and if you when umi call with TC so when he says Neeon let me know I would like to know. Because I don't know. One that has to do with anything. And if I'm missing something in the ability of from the 852 time now WW ultra. Where is the next hour talking about increased tolls on the pause and wait to keep people from going overboard in the southbound. Lanes. And there's so many questions about that is it worth it isn't. The plot did the argument I loved the most is that if you DC take all reeling off and then make your body drives of carefully nothing whatever happened although there would be an idiot. There always is an idiot. That would not a couple of people in the waters I don't think that's. A good idea Charles Goodman and Carlton do for she'll join as Carlton do for shows thinks that the until should go up in in terms of safety on the cause we internals Goodman says it's. It's against really with the Department of Transportation would do so we'll talk about that and I had proposed or at least mentioned I don't I'm missing. With the fact that the father of the Orlando shooting was behind Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop yesterday in Kissimmee Florida. I we know he was there on. He was behind there yeah. Well he was binder. Right. He was sitting right behind what does that mean I don't know what you're trying to tell me. Some of the text and in Tommy would you missing with regards of the Orlando shooters father being behind Hillary Clinton. Is a perception of being too cozy with the bad guys I eat terrorist. Some of our enemies but the father never was a line with the sun and all in the father's. Fully investigating with in heating now a competing and cooperating thank you with the hum FBI investigation about his own son so. I don't I don't understand and Allen says double standard with the Orlando shooters father being at the Hillary rally of deal in roof was sitting. Dylan Bruce father was sitting behind him the media would have Emeka. Big deal lot of Jamaican big deal out of this day. And by Hillary Clinton and Arnold as the longest honestly now. I'm not a Hillary Clinton supporter but well you know it was binder yeah. He was sitting behind her. Yeah well you know you know that means. No line. Really down. Is excellent because of a problem on bridges drivers speeding texting seal gating and general inattentive drivers ratings. Railings will not solve the real problems. Can't disagree with that at all problem is always the other guy it's not me yeah I'm texting but that other guys texting. You know I was texting. I don't know if it means.