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Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses evacuation expenses

Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses to cover evacuation costs

BY: - September 16, 2021

For the second time in a week, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has said he is considering levying fines against insurance companies that continue to refuse to comply with his emergency directive to cover the temporary living expenses of policyholders who evacuated during Hurricane Ida. “What I would do is find that they are not […]

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Insurance companies could be fined for refusal to cover Hurricane Ida evacuation expenses

BY: - September 13, 2021

Insurance companies could face fines or be suspended from doing business for refusing to comply with Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon’s order to cover the temporary living expenses of policyholders who evacuated during Hurricane Ida. But the one thing Donelon cannot make the companies do is pay the actual claims to their policyholders. Donelon discussed […]

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Louisiana Gaming Board approves license for proposed St. Tammany casino

BY: - September 8, 2021

A California company is one step closer to opening a casino in Slidell thanks to a decision by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board on Wednesday to approve the relocation of a Bossier City riverboat casino to the company’s proposed site in St. Tammany Parish. In a unanimous vote, the Gaming Board approved the relocation requested […]

Free business center opens in wake of Hurricane Ida

Free business center opens for entrepreneurs affected by Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 4, 2021

Nexus Louisiana is opening a free business center in Baton Rouge to help small business owners and entrepreneurs who are without internet, phones or electricity in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The business center will open at 8 a.m. on Sept. 7 at the Nexus Technology Park, located at  7117 Florida Blvd., and feature individual […]

Solar jobs want Louisiana, but the feeling isn't mutual

University of Louisiana at Lafayette studies solar farming despite pushback to renewable energy

BY: - August 11, 2021

LAFAYETTE — Just over a mile northwest of the Cajundome is a 5-acre plot of land flanked by neighborhoods of single-family homes and a commercial area to the north — not the type of zone one would normally expect to see a power plant — yet there one is, silently generating enough electricity to run […]

Plastics company to build $13.3M expansion in North Louisiana

BY: - July 7, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  Continental Structural Plastics is planning a $13.3 million expansion project, Gov. John Bel Edwards and CSP CEO Steve Rooney announced in a joint news release Wednesday. The expansion will take place at the company’s Sarepta facility. According to Louisiana Economic Development, the project is expected to support 200 construction jobs, create 65 […]

Louisiana considers solar farm regulations

Louisiana considers solar farm regulations as crop farmers voice concerns

BY: - June 30, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources held its first public hearing Tuesday to design new regulations governing the solar energy industry and the leasing of private land for solar farms — tracts of land filled with solar panels for electricity production.    Tuesday’s hearing, the first of several hearings anticipated, was the result of recently-passed […]

New Orleans considers minimum wage hike

New Orleans to consider $15/hour minimum wage for city employees, contractors 

BY: - June 23, 2021

A proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage of city contractors and some city workers to $15 per hour will appear before a New Orleans City Council committee Thursday.  The city council’s Economic Development and Special Development Projects Committee will hear an amendment to increase the city’s base minimum pay rate for some city employees […]

Governor signs orphan well tax exemption into law

John Bel Edwards signs ‘orphan’ well tax exemption into law

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed into law a program to help fix “orphan” oil wells by offering a tax exemption on oil produced from abandoned wells that are reworked to produce again. Lawmakers passed the bill in hopes of resolving the ongoing problem of leaky unsealed oil wells across Louisiana, but one critic […]

Tax-swap package now left to Louisiana voters

Tax-swap is now left to Louisiana voters as John Bel Edwards signs legislation

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed the tax-swap package of bills that, if approved by Louisiana voters, will repeal the federal tax payment deduction allowed on state income tax returns in exchange for lower state tax rates for individuals and corporations. The legislation will only take effect if residents vote in favor of a […]

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to $300 unemployment supplement

BY: - June 11, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers on Thursday made a late-hour deal on legislation to discontinue the $300 federal unemployment supplement that the state provides out-of-work residents in exchange for raising the state’s regular unemployment benefits by about $28 per week. The bill heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who indicated he would likely sign it into law. House […]

Pink tax bill passes Louisiana Legislature

‘Pink tax’ exemption heads to Gov. Edwards for approval

BY: - June 10, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed the so-called “pink tax” exemption bill on Thursday, proposing a state sales tax exemption on feminine hygiene products and diapers. The bill heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards for consideration. The final passage of House Bill 7, authored by Rep. Aimee Freeman (D-New Orleans), marks a new step for pink tax […]