Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (3-31-14)

Louisiana’s unemployment rate continued to fall in February. According to a new report issued this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state’s unemployment rate last month was 4.5%, down from 4.9% the previous month.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“After months of debate, lawmakers will start considering bills this week that seek to roll back or rework the state’s use of the Common Core education standards, one of the more divisive issues of the legislative session.” – NOLA.com

“In an unusual move, the House Education Committee will devote what may be a daylong hearing, and possibly more, strictly to bills that would repeal or revamp the classroom goals, which were adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“As the deadline for signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act approaches, community organizations and clinics in Louisiana said the number of people looking for help in the process has increased in recent weeks.” – Lafayette Advertiser

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed he is considering running for president in 2016, during an interview with the Heritage Foundation during its annual Resource Bank meeting in New Orleans.” – NOLA.com

“A bill that supporters say will help Louisiana colleges and universities retain faculty and enhance their recruitment efforts was reported favorably Thursday by the House Retirement Committee. House Bill 6 heads to the floor for debate.” – Lake Charles American Press

Louisiana is excluding magnet schools from the chance to win a prestigious national award in favor of “nonselective” schools, a move that the head of the nation’s largest organization of magnet schools says is absurd.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Louisiana ranks in the top five in the nation in several business categories and sixth overall among the top states to do business. In a recent issue of the magazine Area Development, the state scored an impressive seven top five rankings.” – WDSU

The panel voted to defer HB 385 by Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, which would have raised the eligibility standards from 20 to 22 for ACT scores. It would have also capped awards at $1,600 per semester and required partial repayment for students who lose eligibility.” – LAPolitics.com

“Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is running to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), sought Thursday to explain his controversial comments about how, in his opinion, the uninsured are ‘less educated’ and ‘less sophisticated’ and therefore will experience difficulties enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.” – Huffington Post

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