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 […]

Lumber company plans to offer new jobs at Calcasieu sawmill

Lumber company plans to offer new jobs at Calcasieu sawmill

BY: - August 6, 2021

A lumber company plans to invest up to $8 million to revive the idle Georgia Pacific sawmill in Calcasieu Parish and create 170 direct new jobs with annual salaries averaging $62,000. In exchange for the investment, Louisiana taxpayers will give the company a generous tax incentive package through the Quality Jobs tax credit and Industrial […]

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 […]

Bill protecting Black hairstyles continues through legislature

Bill protecting Black women’s natural hairstyles continues through legislature

BY: - May 7, 2021

A bill that would prohibit race-based discrimination of natural hairstyles inched a step closer to full legislative approval Thursday after clearing the House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations. It next heads to the House floor for consideration. Senate Bill 61 would make it unlawful for employers to deny employment or make restrictions based on […]

Unemployment bills compete for deep cuts or slow increases in benefits

BY: - April 7, 2021

State lawmakers will have at least two competing unemployment bills to consider that would change unemployment insurance in Louisiana, bringing either deep cuts or slow increases in benefits to out-of-work residents: House Bill 610 would increase unemployment benefits to rates in line with the rest of the country, while Senate Bill 225 would bring deep cuts […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Bill passes offering $48 million in tax breaks to oil and gas industry

BY: - October 22, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would give an estimated $48 million in tax exemptions to the oil and gas industry. House Bill 29, introduced by Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, would suspend a 12.5 percent severance tax that companies pay on oil and gas extracted from abandoned orphan wells, newly-drilled wells, or old […]

Shreveport City Councilman flips positions on smoking ban

BY: - July 6, 2020

After the Shreveport City Council passed a comprehensive smoking ban scheduled to take effect in August, a councilman who previously supported the law now wants to exempt casinos for a year. A health advocate called his reversal a “slap in the face” to casino workers. The City Council first proposed a smoking ban around Memorial […]