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5 things to know about the governor’s proposal for the Louisiana state budget

BY: - February 27, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration unveiled his $36 billion budget plan for the spending cycle that begins July 1. The spending likely won’t be finalized until June, after lawmakers and the governor negotiate over the proposal. Currently, the governor is proposing to spend $186 million more in the next budget than he did in the […]


LSU enters 30-year ‘utilities modernization initiative’

BY: - February 24, 2021

LSU will enter a decades-long utilities modernization initiative with Enwave Energy and LA Energy Partners to modernize the campus’ energy systems that heat, cool and power the university. “What both of these companies bring is extensive higher education experience, a firm commitment to diverse suppliers and decades-long service,” Donna Torres, LSU’s chief financial officer, said […]

Louisianans encouraged to check unclaimed assets on National Unclaimed Property Day

BY: - February 1, 2021

Monday is National Unclaimed Property Day, where citizens are encouraged to check if they are owed any unclaimed property from the state. Unclaimed property “consists of abandoned financial assets such as checking and savings accounts, unpaid wages, securities, life insurance payouts, uncashed checks,” etc. Starting July 1 in Louisiana, those assets will be placed in […]

Do African Americans in Louisiana have equal access to the vaccine? We can’t say

BY: - January 22, 2021

Louisiana doesn’t know the race or ethnicity of more than half of the people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine shot in the state, making it difficult to determine whether minorities are underrepresented in vaccine distribution — as some have feared would happen. In total, 33 percent of people who received at least one shot […]

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Louisiana may face tough budget decisions because of lower tax and fee collections

BY: - January 19, 2021

Louisiana state tax and fee collections will not return to their pre-pandemic levels until at least 2022 or later, according to estimates released from the two state economists who calculate the state’s revenue projections.  General state tax and fee collections are expected to be lower overall for the next 18 months than they were in […]

Rental assistance in COVID-19 relief package ‘about a third of what Louisiana actually needs,’ says housing advocacy group

BY: - January 11, 2021

The COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress at the end of 2020 extended rental assistance to people struggling to stay in their homes during the economic crisis, but Louisiana housing advocates say the $309 million allocated to Louisiana is not nearly enough to meet  Louisiana’s immense need. “I think the amount that is allocated to […]

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Louisiana governor vetoes oil and gas tax break from special session

BY: - November 13, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed Wednesday an oil and gas industry tax break passed by the Louisiana Legislature that would cost the state over $38 million over the next five years. Edwards said the bill contained technical errors that would have created difficulties for the oil well operators it was supposed to help as well […]

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Louisiana governor leaves most pet projects in state budget

BY: - November 6, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards kept almost all of the 118 pet projects Louisiana lawmakers inserted into the budget intact when he signed legislation this week. He vetoed just five items — costing a combined $718,000 — out of the $25.2 million list Wednesday. The governor removed money for Madisonville lighthouse repairs ($250,000), Grant Parish waterworks […]

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Most of Louisiana’s ‘pet projects’ go to parishes of lawmakers who wrote budget

BY: - October 28, 2020

Lighthouse repairs in Madisonville. A new generator for a water tower in Iota. Economic development in downtown Houma. Crime cameras in New Orleans. Fire hydrants in Assumption Parish. HVAC equipment for the Washington Parish jail. Town hall repairs in Maurice.  Those are a few of the 118 local pet projects lawmakers voted to spend $25.2 […]

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Legislature votes to give itself more power over emergencies such as COVID-19

BY: - October 21, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature voted Tuesday to give itself more authority over state emergency orders and restrictions, including those that have been in place for months because of COVID-19.  The approved legislation could give lawmakers an opening to throw out Louisiana’s coronavirus rules, though Gov. John Bel Edwards may be able to block it from becoming […]

Louisiana likely to have sales tax holiday Nov. 20-21

BY: - October 19, 2020

Louisiana is close to establishing a new sales tax holiday for Nov. 20-21 of this year — the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving.  If approved, the tax holiday will give patrons a sales tax break on purchases up to $2,500 during those two days.  The tax holiday does not apply to vehicle purchases or restaurant […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

Louisiana legislative leaders steer millions to their communities

BY: - October 16, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature overwhelmingly passed a budget bill Thursday (Oct. 15) that included more than $25 million in pet projects, many of which benefit the communities of the legislative leadership.  House and Senate members approved the bill after only having a few minutes with the final version, and their vote came less than 24 hours […]