News roundup: La. establishes military advisory council … Proposed budget plans cut 50-100 Monroe teachers … Credit card complaint database debuts
LED ammo: Louisiana Economic Development now has a military affairs committee. Gov. Bobby Jindal recently signed into law a bill creating the Louisiana Military Advisory Council, which replaces a similarly named board whose existence required an executive order every year. Stephen Moret, Jindal's economic development secretary, told The Times-Picayune in March that states "most successful in cultivating military operations tended to have some type of permanent military advisory panel established in state law." Read the full story here for details on the makeup of the 25-member committee and its responsibilities.
Red ink, pink slips: Four proposed budget plans presented by Monroe City Schools Superintendent Kathleen Harris could result in 50 to 100 teachers being cut next year. According to Harris, cuts necessary to bring the 2012-13 budget in line must come from classroom teachers in a district she says has been called "top heavy" with instructional personnel. Board members disagreed. The (Monroe) News Star reports the board's finance committee reviewed the budgets Tuesday, but Harris says the budgets will be presented to the full board for information and action at its June 26 meeting. Read the full story here.
Airing grievances: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is launching a database that tracks which large banks have had the most complaints about their credit cards and how they were resolved—information some industry trade groups don't want made public. Bureau Director Richard Cordray tells The Los Angeles Times the goal of the searchable database is to provide more information to consumers, businesses and advocacy groups. It will be limited at first to credit card complaints received since June 1 for banks with more than $10 billion in assets. The database went online here Tuesday. Read the full story here.
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