Veteran Associated Press Reporter Beth Gardiner comments on her book “Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution.” Gardiner says research shows that air pollution prematurely kills seven million people every year. Jan Moller, President of the Louisiana Budget Project, discusses issues of importance at the State Capitol: Medicaid Reform, Minimum Wage, Equal Pay and the Equal Rights Amendment. We go to the vault for an interview with Jazz legend Pete Fountain and Public Relations giant Gus Weill on the day that New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt died. Hirt’s death was on April 27, 1999 at 76. He and Fountain played at the original New Orleans Jazz Fest in 1970.
LSU Economist Jim Richardson heads the State Revenue Estimating Conference. Jan Moller is president of the Louisiana Budget Project. We speak with Richardson and Moller about the opening of Louisiana's 2017 Legislative Session. They will also address the feud simmering between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Garret Graves on flood recovery money coming to Louisiana.
Yesterday, we heard about tax reform from state Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson, who says, “We want every taxpayer treated fairly. We don’t want a particular group to feel that they are paying more taxes than other people.”
Today we talk with Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, who says the tax reform report is a good start.