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Senate committee calls for extending life of Louisiana film incentive program

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A Louisiana Senate committee advanced without objection Thursday a proposal to extend the life of the state’s film subsidy program, which may be a tough sell for lawmakers looking to trim or eliminate tax incentives. The motion picture program......

Louisiana budget crisis leaves state with stark choice on taxes

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Louisiana budget crisis leaves state with stark choice on taxes – CBS News Watch CBSN Live A massive budget shortfall in Louisana has the state legislature holding an emergency session. It faces a hard choice: raise taxes or make......

Louisiana unemployment rate falls to lowest level since before COVID-19 pandemic

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Louisiana’s unemployment rate reached its lowest point since before the COVID-19 pandemic in February, though the state still had 158,000 fewer nonfarm jobs than during the same month last year, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The numbers in......

Creating second minority congressional district in Louisiana politically difficult, speakers say

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Louisiana is unlikely to end up with a second congressional district in which racial minorities make up the majority after redistricting, current and former officials said. “It’s going to be, politically speaking, very difficult if not impossible to have......

Louisiana tax system reinforces racial disparities: Policy paper

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Poor Louisiana households pay a bigger share of their income in state and local taxes than richer households, which helps to reinforce longstanding racial disparities, an advocacy group argues in a new policy paper. Thanks largely to high sales......

Fee increases at Louisiana colleges, universities add thousands to cost of higher education

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Colleges and universities have increased fees charged to students as lawmakers cut state spending on higher education, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of getting a degree, according to a new Louisiana Legislative Auditor report. Higher education leaders......

Louisiana departments of Wildlife and Fisheries, Environmental Quality to seek fee increases

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The heads of two state agencies – one in charge of hunting and fishing, the other overseeing environmental protection – told the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday they intend to seek higher fees. Jack Montoucet, who leads Louisiana’s Department......

All Louisiana residents 16 or older eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting Monday

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here All Louisiana residents who are at least 16 years old will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination starting Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday. Vaccinations currently are limited to certain job categories, people with health conditions that......

Louisiana may owe abortion clinics’ lawyers $8.6 million

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Louisiana’s taxpayers could be forced to pay nearly $9 million in legal expenses after the state’s failed effort to enforce a 2014 abortion law, which the Supreme Court blocked last summer. The law in question was nearly identical to......

Two Democratic state senators in runoff for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Louisiana is electing two new members of Congress this year, though, as expected, those elections will not affect the body’s partisan makeup. Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District is considered a safe seat for Republicans, and Democrats dominate the 2nd Congressional......

Louisiana is holding a special election today. Here’s who is on the ballot

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A Democratic battle is brewing in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge-area 2nd District, pitting two of the state’s top Democrats against each other. The seat opened when former Rep. Cedric Richmond left for a job in President Joe......

Trump boosts Julia Letlow ahead of Louisiana special election

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Tal Axelrod Former President TrumpDonald TrumpIllinois House passes resolution condemning state rep. for ‘standing with insurrectionists’ Florida Democrats call for election redo after former state senator allegedly tampered with race Biden and Harris discuss voting rights with Stacey Abrams......

Louisiana House Race Sets Up a Democratic Showdown in New Orleans

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Ms. Peterson’s best applause line, though, might also reflect her best chance to prevail. “There’s never been an African-American woman to serve, in the history of Louisiana, in Washington in the federal delegation,” she said. “When women aren’t at the table, we’re usually on the menu.” At a moment when......

Every Louisiana casino reports year-over-year revenue decline

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Every operating river-adjacent Louisiana casino took in less money last month than the month before and during the same month last year, according to the newest report to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. The state’s river-adjacent casinos collectively were......

Louisiana sees slight uptick in new unemployment claims, offers disaster unemployment benefits

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The number of Louisiana residents making new claims for unemployment rose slightly last week, though the number of continued claims for state benefits fell, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday. Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending March......

Louisiana state troopers texted about giving Black suspect an ‘a– whoopin”

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Jordan Williams Louisiana state troopers texted about allegedly beating a Black suspect after he surrendered following a high-speed chase, according to court filings.  The filings from earlier this month were first reported by local blog Sound Off Louisiana on Thursday, according to The......

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