Jay Dardenne

Deadlines for water-sewer funding applications extended because of Hurricane Ida disruptions

BY: - September 24, 2021

In the wake of Hurricane Ida, deadlines for communities to apply for water and sewer funding have been extended to Nov. 1. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said this new time frame would allow government agencies to focus on hurricane relief.  “Obviously, Hurricane Ida has affected government operations as well as disrupted the lives of […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Louisiana 2021-2022 State Budget Plan: Winners and losers

BY: - May 28, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature prioritized roads, bridges and lawmakers’ pet projects in its $43 billion dollar spending plan for the state budget cycle that starts July 1.  Lawmakers’ budget negotiations were easier this year because the state ended up having over $2 billion in unexpected money to spend. In recent years, legislators have had to negotiate […]

Tax reform would reduce tax rates and enact tax cut triggers

How Louisiana’s legislative leaders want to use the state’s latest round of federal COVID-19 funding

BY: - May 26, 2021

Louisiana elected officials intend to spend most of the $1.6 billion the state has received in federal support this year on roads, bridges, the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, sewage, drainage and water systems. In total, Louisiana is expected to get $3.01 billion from President Joe Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” — with approximately half the […]

Louisiana’s state agencies had trouble transitioning employees to remote work

BY: and - February 3, 2021

“This won’t be in the proclamation, but it’s we know it’s something that works,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a COVID-19  press conference two days before Thanksgiving. “I’m encouraging employers public and private to maximize the use of telework where possible. I’ve already directed state agencies to do this, and we’re urging others to […]

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 […]