U.S. House Democrats add more mass transit, high-speed rail in second shot at infrastructure bill

BY: - September 16, 2021

The U.S. House transportation panel early Wednesday passed along party lines the panel’s $60 billion slice of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan, adding nearly $20 billion for a new transit program and high-speed rail development in the states. Chairman Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon had considered these and other items underfunded in the Senate-led bipartisan […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Four big climate items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 14, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]

Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses evacuation expenses

White House seeks at least $24B to aid Louisiana, other states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during […]

Rep. Steve Scalise blasts budget resolution as House moves toward final vote

BY: - August 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday muscled through a $3.5 trillion budget framework, overcoming a standoff with a handful of centrists who had demanded the House first approve the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate. That position by 10 House Democrats — including Reps. Josh Gottheimer of […]

U.S. House moderates won’t back Dem budget without passage of infrastructure bill

BY: - August 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nine moderate U.S. House Democrats including Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia and Jared Golden of Maine are threatening to oppose a budget resolution needed to pass a major social policy package unless a bipartisan infrastructure bill is first signed into law, according to multiple media reports. Opposition from the […]

‘We’ve worked out all the kinks,’ Louisiana rental assistance program official says

BY: - August 6, 2021

Even though just a fraction of federal COVID-19 rental assistance money the state received has been disbursed to struggling Louisiana renters, Division of Administration Assistant Commissioner of Administration Desiree Honore Thomas said Thursday that she expects payments to go out sooner from here on out. “We’ve worked out all the kinks,” Thomas said by phone. […]

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Grambling and Southern University at Shreveport use COVID-relief money to forgive student debt

BY: - August 3, 2021

Grambling State University and Southern University of Shreveport have announced last week that they will use COVID-19 federal relief money to pay off student debt for anyone who attended those universities over the past year and a half. “The pandemic has been really tough on our students and their families, and we’ve seen situations where […]

Days before Louisiana water districts can apply for aid, program guidelines are incomplete

BY: - July 31, 2021

Lawmakers on the Louisiana Legislature’s Water Sector Commission announced at a Friday meeting at the Greater Lafourche Port Commission in Cut Off that the state’s struggling water districts will be able to access an application portal Sunday Aug.1. Those communities will be seeking a portion of $300 million in federal pandemic aid the Legislature set […]

Housing advocates hoping for last-minute eviction moratorium extension before expiring this weekend

BY: - July 30, 2021

The Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness & Housing is “waiting with hopeful anticipation” to see if the CDC’s moratorium on evictions — which is set to expire Saturday — will get a last-minute extension to protect renters and homeowners who are behind on rental payments, Leigh Rachel, executive director of the Acadiana Regional Coalition on […]

Pay raises for Southern and UL system’s faculty and staff coming this year

BY: - June 29, 2021

Faculty and staff in the Southern University System will soon receive a 4 percent raise, Janene Tate, a spokesperson for the system said Monday. Raises will go into effect starting Thursday for Southern University at Baton Rouge, but Tate said she isn’t sure when raises will go into effect at the other Southern University campuses. […]

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Biden and bipartisan senators clinch a deal on $1.2T infrastructure plan

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Thursday they’ve struck a deal on the outlines of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, marking a breakthrough on federal dollars for road and bridge projects after weeks of negotiations—but with significant hurdles still ahead. President Joe Biden stood with the 10 senators […]