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A teacher walks among students in a classroom at Medora Elementary School on March 17, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky

Teachers would get $60K minimum salary under bill in Congress making grants to states

BY: - January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON – A panel of policymakers and educators, including author Dave Eggers and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to promote the American Teacher Act.  The bill, if passed, would authorize the federal government to create four-year grants for states to enact and enforce minimum school teacher […]

District 3 Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere, left, will face Davonte Lewis in a Dec. 10 runoff.

Louisiana Democratic Party ‘funneled’ utility donations to climate candidate’s challenger

BY: - January 25, 2023

This article was first published by DeSmog, a global organization that works to provide climate accountability and serve as an antidote to science denial and disinformation through nvestigative journalism, in-depth research, and collaborations with other investigative outlets. Louisiana Democratic Party leaders are accused of funneling thousands of dollars from utility companies to the campaign of a fossil […]

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Louisiana Legislature special insurance session: What, if anything, gets done?

BY: - January 23, 2023

The Louisiana Legislature will convene a week from today for a seven-day special session on the state’s homeowner’s insurance crisis. Its overriding goal is to rein in policy premiums that have soared after back-to-back catastrophic hurricane seasons, but lawmakers say more needs to be done than what can happen within the narrow scope of the […]

President Joe Biden speaks to mayors from across the country during an event at the East Room of the White House

U.S. mayors at the White House hear praise from Biden on rebuilding post-pandemic

BY: - January 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden hosted more than 200 of the nation’s mayors at the White House on Friday afternoon, highlighting economic growth and the effectiveness of their bipartisan leadership as the country moves on from the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I want to thank the mayors across the country for doing everything they can do to […]

Maximus call center workers picket with signs in Hattiesburg

Mass layoffs spark protests at federal call centers in La. and Miss.

BY: - January 20, 2023

Mass layoffs this week at the Maximus federal call centers in Louisiana and Mississippi prompted workers to protest at both locations Friday.  The call center workers are calling for the immediate rehire of their laid-off colleagues or at least eight weeks of severance pay.  Maximus is the nation’s largest federal call center contractor with primary sites […]

Louisiana hosting job fair for military vets seeking aviation careers

BY: - January 19, 2023

Louisiana is co-hosting an in-person hiring event in Bossier City next week for military veterans seeking careers in aviation tech and maintenance. The Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart division has partnered with the nonprofit veterans support organization NextOp to connect veterans with job opportunities in the aviation field, particularly in Lafayette, Lake Charles and Shreveport. The […]

LABI will feature governor candidates at annual meeting

BY: - January 19, 2023

The state’s top business lobby will feature four of the declared Republican candidates for governor as speakers for its annual meeting in March. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry announced Thursday its confirmed speakers for the March 2 event are state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Rep. Richard Nelson and […]

Several feet of sand covers a road in the wake of Hurricane Ida on September 4, 2021, in Grand Isle.

Report ranks Louisiana low for electric utility reliability, environmental impact

BY: - January 19, 2023

A nationwide comparison of electric utility performance by an Illinois consumer advocacy group found that customers in states that are heavily reliant on fuel oil and natural gas, as in the Northeast and South, tend to pay more than those with larger amounts of carbon-free generation, among other findings.  It also placed Louisiana at or […]

Entergy sign with power plant in distant background

Entergy to shift another $1.5B in storm costs to customers

BY: - January 19, 2023

Utility regulators approved a request Wednesday from Entergy Louisiana to bill customers $1.5 billion over 15 years to cover the costs of repairs the company made after Hurricane Ida. The measure involved a new strategy in which the regulators negotiated with Entergy to obtain a small reduction in the cost of the storm fee rather […]

Louisiana state Sen. Troy Carter delivers a victory speech to supporters who gathered at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans after Carter won the 2nd Congressional District election April 24, 2021.

Why Rep. Troy Carter voted against banning oil reserve sales to China

BY: - January 17, 2023

A majority of Democrats in the U.S. House backed a Republican bill last week to prohibit sales from America’s emergency backup oil supply to Chinese companies. Among the 97 no votes in the minority party was Rep. Troy Carter of New Orleans.  “Quite frankly, this legislation was performance art,” Carter said in an email response […]

Mountains in the Nevada desert

U.S. House GOP would make it easier for feds to give public lands away to states

BY: - January 14, 2023

U.S. House Republicans included in the new rules for the chamber they passed this month a provision meant to make it easier for Congress to give away public lands. The provision is a fairly technical piece of the 55-page rules package. It affects internal House accounting and requires that anytime Congress were to give any […]

American flag steaked into mountain of cash

Homeowners and businesses could face drastic costs if lawmakers exempt inventory tax

BY: - January 13, 2023

A Louisiana House panel mulling proposals for sweeping changes to the state’s tax structure was warned Wednesday that drastic tax hikes await homeowners and businesses if lawmakers exempt commercial inventory stockpiles from local property taxes. Inventory taxes, which local governments use to pay for things such as public schools, law enforcement, hospitals and other public […]