Gov. John Bel Edwards

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 […]

Louisiana local pet projects map

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 […]

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New Orleans says it needs more money from Louisiana

BY: - October 13, 2020

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell wants the Louisiana Legislature to allocate more federal pandemic relief funding to her city, but her efforts seem like a long-shot at this point. The state has other  priorities and dwindling dollars. It also doesn’t help that Republicans, who hold a majority of the seats in the Legislature, are frustrated […]

No vacancies at hotels sheltering hurricane evacuees

BY: - September 15, 2020

Louisiana would struggle to provide shelter to another round of hurricane evacuees without risking the spread of COVID-19, said Gov. John Bel Edwards in back-to-back press conferences Sunday and Monday. The state does not have enough hotel rooms to house many more disaster victims and would likely have to rely on large, communal shelters if […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Additional unemployment benefits to come next week, Gov. Edwards said

BY: - August 20, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards held his second of two weekly press conferences at the Louisiana State Capitol. What follows is a brief summary of a few of the many topics the governor discussed. Two named storms may make landfall by next week Louisianans who remain worried about the new threat posed by the novel coronavirus […]

Gaming Board approves license for proposed St. Tammany casino

Business is booming in Louisiana’s truck-stop casinos

BY: - August 7, 2020

There are no windows, and the lights are turned way down at this truck-stop casino in Port Allen. It’s the middle of a weekday afternoon. Mirrors line the walls to make it look bigger than it is, but this video poker hall is smaller than your average McDonald’s. It contains a bar (now closed), spacious […]

Sen. Bill Cassidy pushes for money for state and local governments, but his Republican colleagues resist

BY: - August 4, 2020

WASHINGTON – GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy is making a strong push to rescue ailing state and local governments in a fifth coronavirus relief bill — but his party’s leaders are resisting as they debate the contours of the next package. The freshman senator is pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for $500 billion in […]

Sharon Weston Broome

Local government coronavirus relief will mostly go to public safety, criminal justice

BY: - July 24, 2020

The bulk of Louisiana’s approximately $500 million in coronavirus relief funding for local governments will go to public safety and criminal justice system costs, unless Congress and President Donald Trump expand the way the money can be used.  Louisiana received a total of $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief money, and the federal government required that […]

Louisiana’s $250 front-line worker payment may run out by the end of the week

BY: - July 16, 2020

Louisiana’s supplemental $250 payments for front-line workers looks likely to run out in the next day or so. Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged people who qualify to file their applications in a matter of hours if they want to receive a payment.  The state has already received 125,000 applications for the $250 payment since the […]