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Giving thanks for vaccines, investments in American people, and those fighting gerrymandering

BY: - November 25, 2021

“Unfurrow your brow.” My mom’s frequent admonition to her easily impassioned daughter. I need a lot of reminding. I feel like I’ve been furrowing my forehead nonstop for almost two years straight. But on Turkey Day, I will take a moment, if not the whole day, to unknit that brow and give thanks for small […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

Legislative audit finds students at Northwest mistakenly overcharged for tuition

BY: - November 24, 2021

Hundreds of students at Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College were overcharged by more than $23,000 for tuition, according to a Louisiana legislative audit released Monday.  The audit found that 188 students were undercharged by $3,760 for tuition and student fees, while 754 students were overcharged by $23,525 over the fall, spring and summer semesters in […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices—but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 23, 2021

 As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday—complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources.    In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a complex of […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

New housing programs created for struggling Lake Charles residents

BY: - November 22, 2021

With promised federal assistance slow to come,  $11.3 million in funding has been cobbled together from different state and federal sources to help Lake Charles residents whose homes were damaged from hurricanes and floods.  The funding was announced Monday in a joint press conference with Gov. John Bel Edwards and Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

Louisiana bond commission pulls bank from refinancing deal over gun policy

BY: - November 18, 2021

Louisiana’s State Bond Commission Thursday changed its mind about which bank should handle the refinancing of the $700 million worth of state debt based on the financial institutions’ policies toward gun manufacturers. The Bond Commission unanimously voted to give Wells Fargo the state’s refinancing contract after concerns were raised last month about JPMorgan Chase & […]

Quality Jobs program shows poor investment even after excluding Pelicans

Black residents want more representation in Louisiana’s Congressional delegation

BY: - November 17, 2021

Jacquelyn Germany, a Black Baton Rouge native, is “sick and tired of being not fairly represented in Congress.”  Germany, and several other Black Louisiana residents, told state lawmakers that Louisiana’s Black population — which makes up a third of the state — should be better reflected in the state’s Congressional delegation.  About a third of […]

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

BY: , and - November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. But Democrats also emphasized that there is more to come—a $1.85 trillion […]

Louisiana’s Mitch Landrieu tapped by Biden to oversee infrastructure law

BY: - November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday named former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to serve as a senior adviser tasked with implementing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. The president is scheduled to sign the infrastructure bill late Monday. Landrieu and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will attend. “Our work will require strong partnerships across […]

States, cities face deadline for proving how quickly they’ve helped renters in crisis

BY: - November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing emergency federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded—with yet more cash. Their new funding would be drawn from sluggish states and localities that didn’t move as swiftly to help people facing eviction and homelessness, who were targeted for billions in assistance […]

Audit finds State Fire Marshal employee and brother bilked Louisiana for nearly $400,000

Louisiana voters approve income tax changes supported by business community

BY: - November 13, 2021

In a low-turnout election Saturday, Louisiana voters approved an overhaul of Louisiana’s income tax rates and credits that the local business community has sought for years.  Constitutional amendment #2 will lower state income tax rates in exchange for lifting a frequently-used  tax deduction for paid federal income taxes.  It will also reduce the state’s corporate […]

Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses evacuation expenses

Climate funds in infrastructure bill aimed at drought, wildfires, floods, Interior says

BY: - November 11, 2021

 The recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill isn’t just about roads and bridges—it also spends billions to address wildfire, drought, flooding and other effects from climate change, Interior Department officials said Wednesday. The $1.2 trillion measure, which is awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature after the House cleared it last week, includes pay raises for wildland firefighters, […]

Louisiana politicians call $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill ‘a big win’ for the state

BY: and - November 10, 2021

In Louisiana, reportedly about 400,000 to 500,000 households don’t have broadband access, but the state official in charge of broadband development said he believes that’s a lowball estimate. With Louisiana expected to receive $7.2 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the funding is welcomed by Rick Allen, the mayor of Leesville in Vernon […]