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Vendredi

March 6th

Six Years of Beers

NOLA Brewing Co, 5:30p.m.

Release of the 6th Anniversary Ale (a sour ale this year) ft. music with Tauk, Gravity A, New Orleans Suspects

 

Gogol Bordello

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Gypsy Punk band from the Lower East Side

 

Francisco Goldman

Tulane Auditorium, 6p.m.

Academic all-star chats about Interior Circuit

 

Celtics v. Pelicans

SKC, 7p.m

 

Mario Cart Challenge

Republic, Doors 10p.m., free before 12 w/ college ID

Multiple N64s set up for the annual Mario Kart Challenge - compete to win a section and bottle of booze; music by DJ G

Samedi

March 7th

Julia Street

Monthly art crawl, 6-9p.m.

 

Haiku With Ghosts

Foundation Gallery, 6-10p.m.

Opening reception for Demond Matsuo’s new show

 

Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 1 of music, food and fun at the zoo!

 

Jim Roche: Culture Mechanic

Ogden, 6p.m.

Opening of acclaimed retrospective

 

Grizzlies v. Pelicans

SKC, 6p.m.

 

Katt Williams

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Popular comedian on his Born Again...Again tour

 

Tank and the Bangas

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Local spoken wordsmiths exude creativity through song

Dimanche

March 8th

Tobymac, Mandisa, & Capital Kings

Saenger Theater, 7p.m.

Grammy Award Winners on tour w/ electronic pop duo the Capital Kings

 

Bo Burnham (Sold Out)

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Wunderkind comedian wombed on the web

 

Glen David Andrews

Botanical Gardens, 4p.m.

Party in the Garden with Andrews and Swamp Donkeys

 

Soul Fest

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.

Day 2 of music, food and fun at the zoo!


Jindal Vetoes Bills on Public Education Funding, Equal Pay, Signs Abortion Measures


After the annual legislative session ends, the gov gets the final say on all bills via the veto. After pushing through his agenda on education and loweing government spending, Republican governor Bobby Jindal bookended the Baton Rouge rendezvous with vetos of a couple bills that were drawn up by Democrats. One measure was an effort to allow private donations to support public schools, while another would've created an Equal Pay Task Force to look at ways to close the state gender gap in wages.

 

HB 1106, which was authored by Katrina Jackson (D, Monroe), would have offered private donors who gave money to support failing public schools a tax rebate from the state. The money would have come from a pool of $10 million. The bill was clearly designed as a response to HB 969, which provides donors to nonprofits that provide scholarships for students to attend charter schools with a dollar-for-dollar tax rebate from state coffers.

 

In his veto letter, Jindal said he nixed the bill because it provides more public education funding that is not authorized by the state budget.

 

 

"K-12 education is fully funded at a level of $3.41 billion through the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) in Fiscal Year 2013. House Bill No. 1106 provides for an additional $10 million outside of the MFP, but does not have a corresponding appropriation in House Bill No. 1," he wrote.

 

Funds from the MFP, which is the state's pool of money for public education, will be redirected to charter school students as part of the new voucher-based system established by Jindal and his legislative supporters.

 

On the wage front, SB 577 was designed to create an Equal Pay Task Force that would have made recommendations to help close what the bill's sponsor, Sen. Karen Carter-Peterson (D-New Orleans) called "one of the nation's largest gender pay gaps." Carter-Peterson, who is the chairwoman of the State Democratic Party, said women earn 67 percent of the wages men do in Louisiana.

 

Jindal said he vetoed the bill because it would take funds away from services for the disabled.

 

 

"Funding for SB 577 was not appropriated by the Louisiana Legislature," he wrote in a veto letter. "Therefore, this legislation would force the Louisiana Workforce Commission to take funds away from critical services for the disabled to fund the taskforce because the agency’s only available source of State funding is for the Louisiana Rehabilitative Services (LRS) program."

 

Carter-Peterson said the funding was modest by comparison to other state programs.

 

"The Governor complains that the State can't afford the very modest cost to study the issue of Pay Equity, yet he's been able to shovel millions from our State's coffers toward corporate-welfare boondoggles and sweetheart deals for consultants and political contributors," Carter-Peterson said in the statement. "The Governor's veto is just another example of his shamefully warped priorities and is an affront to the women of this State."

 

As he vetoed those bills, Jindal signed into law two new bills pertaning to abortion. SB 708 dictates that women wishing to get an abortion be given the option to hear a fetal heartbeat and view ultrasound images. SB 330 makes it a crime to perform an abortion without a medical license.

 




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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

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Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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