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The argument falls pretty flat when “we're not going to get anything out of it” means unless out of state casinos are allowed to open sports books to hoover cash from Louisianans back to Las Vegas while the state government takes its share Louisiana supposedly suffers. Sports gambling could be an ...
The first two sections of the 2018 Louisiana Survey shows Louisiana residents are dissatisfied with the function of state government and the handling of the state fiscal cliff, according to a University press release. The first part of the survey was released March 15. Survey results show 79 percent of ...

The Lake Charles native is a longtime fixture in Louisiana government and higher education . She previously worked as chief of staff at the Board of Regents, as a deputy chief of staff for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and as executive vice president for the University of Louisiana System. "We're all excited ...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Faced with multiple proposals to toughen Louisiana government's policies against sexual harassment, senators whittled them down to one compromise bill Wednesday, removing language that could have hidden misconduct allegations and investigation details from the public.
Louisiana recently saw revenue projections for state government climb $346 million, thanks mostly to an increase in personal income taxes that resulted from new federal tax laws. The appropriations committee chose to put most of that new money -- about $233 million -- toward the TOPS program, which ...
Three proposals to enact anti-harassment training and policies across government were pending in the Senate. The sponsors agreed to move ahead with one bill, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Carpenter, a Baton Rouge Democrat. The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee sent that measure to the full ...

Louisiana state government has spent $5.2 million on 84 lawsuits involving sexual harassment claims from mid-2009 to February of 2018, according to a report by the Louisiana Legislative auditor released Tuesday (April 17). In addition to these lawsuits, state agencies in the executive branch also reported ...
One of the primary bills to strengthen sexual harassment prevention in Louisiana state government has been altered to make it harder for the public to find out when sexual harassment is taking place. The Senate and Governmental Affairs committee heavily amended House Bill 524, by Rep. Barbara ...
While two-thirds of Louisianans believe state government is almost always wasteful and ineffective, a majority of those who participated in this year's Louisiana Survey—57%—want to increase the scope of government action to solve the state's problems. The third installment of Louisiana Survey, an annual ...
An overhaul of Louisiana's recreational hunting and fishing licensing system that would pull more money out of some people's pockets has edged forward in ... "You're the one who preaches about cutting government, but when it happens in your backyard you're against it," Montoucet, a Democratic former ...
The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce is supporting state government's move for transparency with HB510, or the creation of Louisiana Checkbook. “LouisianaCheckbook.com is the online home to the growing movement of citizens and taxpayers who want to see common-sense transparency and ...
101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty, along with producer Matt Parker, continue their discussion about possible changes to Louisiana's TOPS program, including a number of proposed fixes and, whether, in the long run, the scholarship giveaway hurts education - and students - in our state.
Congress plans to contribute $500,000 to help control or eradicate the tiny Asian insect, known as a scale, that's been destroying roseau cane, a sturdy, erosion-resistant reed that holds much of the lower Mississippi River Delta together. The money was approved as part of the $1.3-trillion omnibus ...
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Johnny Anderson, the governor's deputy chief of staff for programs and planning, stand together in December 20, 2015. Louisiana government just paid an $85,000 settlement to a woman and her attorney who accused Anderson of sexual harassment. ( NOLA.com | The ...
They're proven leaders in their community, and they want to see change either in either local, state or some federal government positions." Louisiana was the 19th state to join the California-based group last year. It now includes 24 states. She called the national group's focus on the Deep South "exciting" ...
As the BREC Board of Commissioners prepares to meet tonight for what likely will be a heated debate and contentious vote on the controversial relocation of the Baton Rouge Zoo, a state Senate committee is taking up a measure that would change the composition of the BREC board. Sen. Regina Barrow's ...
The Louisiana House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday (March 21) to require state agencies and departments to develop policies that prevent sexual harassment. The bill approved in an 87-0 also contains the framework for handling complaints and explicitly prohibits retaliation for ...

Results of the 2018 Louisiana Survey show that overall, most citizens have little confidence in Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Legislature to work past a partisan divide. They also do not believe that the government can address the state's most important issues, and they do not trust state government in ...
Louisiana lawmakers are being urged to pass legislation in the upcoming session to create a uniform anti-sexual harassment policy across state government and require state workers complete annual harassment training. The two recommendations come from a final report issued by a governor-appointed ...
28) in imploring Jefferson Chamber of Commerce members to campaign for a convention to rewrite Louisiana's Constitution, or at least the three articles on state and local government, finances and education. They spoke to about 200 people at the chamber's 2018 legislative issues breakfast in Kenner.
FILE - In this May 2, 2012 file photo, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler presents arguments at the testimony table in favor of HB209, in the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Republican Secretary of State ...
That will leave college students, hospitals and people with disabilities in the dark for over three months about whether they will receive scholarships and government funding after July. Louisiana House Democrats are worried that the current tax package on the table doesn't resolve the entire $994 million ...
It also requires Louisiana to add more state employee positions, according to testimony given Tuesday (Feb. 20) at a House Appropriations Committee meeting. The House Appropriations Committee forwarded House Bill 29, which mandates the state adopt a far more comprehensive government ...
The legislative session centers on whether to replace $1 billion in expiring taxes enacted by lawmakers two years ago, or to allow deep cuts to fall across Louisiana's government-financed programs and services. Gov. John Bel Edwards hopes to persuade the majority-Republican Legislature to offset the ...
Louisiana doesn't have a government-wide policy for handling sexual misconduct allegations or requiring anti-harassment training, instead allowing agencies to cobble together their own standards, the state's civil service director said Friday. Byron Decoteau said his department offers a web-based training ...
The Louisiana check book, if implemented, would be and easy to use frequently updated website taxpayers could visit and see every cent state and local government entities spend across the state. Last week the Lafayette Parish School System endorsed this resolution for fiscal transparency and ...
Drones or Unmanned Aerial Systems are used in Louisiana for coastal mapping and restoration, flood monitoring, wildlife surveys, crop management, law enforcement and oil-and-gas activities. Nationally, small drones registered with the Federal Aviation Administration exceeded one million last month, ...
If approved, Barras' new spending cap proposal would link how much money the state can spend in a given year to factor in shifts in population, the regional consumer price index and state personal income levels. It would also restrict state government spending to 6 percent growth each year. It would not ...
It said voluntary relocations and government-run resettlement efforts have been the products of “failed government intervention” and have been hamstrung by public distrust. Corey Miller, the community engagement director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, said residents probably will be more ...
The refinery and chemical plant has enjoyed almost $700 million in property tax relief because of Louisiana's generous industrial tax exemption program. ... The company had purchased an expensive piece of new machinery and asked that the local government entities waive the additional property tax ...
Tax policy won't cause the only disputes in Louisiana's upcoming special session. Lawmakers may squabble just as much over a package of spending control ideas sought by House Republicans as a trade for any taxes they may support. Several of the proposals have been offered in previous legislative ...
Environmental activists demonstrated outside the Governor's Mansion and the Louisiana Capitol Thursday in opposition to the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Hoisting signs with slogans like "If you love it, protect it," about 20 people called on the state government to slow down work in deference to South ...
The legislative session centers on whether to replace $1 billion in expiring taxes enacted by lawmakers two years ago, or to allow deep cuts to fall across Louisiana's government-financed programs and services. Gov. John Bel Edwards hopes to persuade the majority-Republican Legislature to offset the ...
BATON ROUGE, La. - A 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico remains a "long-term problem" without a clear solution for eliminating slicks that often stretch for miles off Louisiana's coast, a government lawyer recently told a federal judge. Up to 16 oil wells are possibly leaking at the site where a ...
The money was paid through Louisiana's self-insurance program, the Office of Risk Management, and the data was provided to The Associated Press and other media outlets in response to a records request. The list of payments doesn't include details of the conduct alleged, the person making the ...
The Saudi embassy in Washington said Thursday that it is common for the Saudi government to provide monthly stipends to students studying abroad to cover living expenses. The associate said the detainee lived briefly during 2005 or 2006 in Covington, Louisiana, where he frequented casinos and strip ...
The spending control ideas sought by House Republicans wouldn't necessarily chip away at the immediate budget hole, but supporters say they could lower Louisiana's costs long-term. "If you can control government spending, then we don't have to have these conversations over and over and over again" ...
A government lawyer says a 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico remains a "long-term problem" without a clear solution for eliminating chronic slicks that ... remains a "long-term problem" without a clear solution for eliminating chronic slicks that often stretch for miles off Louisiana's coast, a government ...
The Louisiana check book, if implemented, would be and easy to use frequently updated website taxpayers could visit and see every cent state and local government entities spend across the state. Last week the Lafayette Parish School System endorsed this resolution for fiscal transparency and ...
Louisiana doesn't have a government-wide policy for handling sexual misconduct allegations or requiring anti-harassment training, instead allowing agencies to cobble together their own standards, the state's civil service director said Friday. Byron Decoteau said his department offers a web-based training ...
The government made its case against the detainee in a public version of a sealed document filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. It said he voluntarily signed up to be an ISIS fighter, worked for the group for 31 months and has an extensive social media history espousing pro-ISIS ...
The government's court filing provides a detailed itinerary of the detainee's travels across the world, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Turkey and Syria — and the United States where he went to college in Louisiana. The FBI interviewed someone who met the detainee in New Orleans in July 2005 when he ...
The latest list is an expanded look at the price Louisiana government has paid for alleged gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. The Division of Administration released preliminary findings in early January of legal settlements based on sexual harassment since mid-2009 that ...
The Saudi embassy in Washington said Thursday that it is common for the Saudi government to provide monthly stipends to students studying abroad to cover living expenses. The associate said the detainee lived briefly during 2005 or 2006 in Covington, Louisiana, where he frequented casinos and strip ...
A majority of Republicans and enough Democrats did, sending the bill sailing through in the wee hours of Friday morning after a spell of drama — and a brief shutdown of the federal government. But both of Louisiana's U.S. senators cast votes against the package, decrying the deficit-boosting two-year ...
Attorney General Jeff Landry filed that lawsuit at the federal courthouse in Lafayette on Friday morning. The lawsuit blames U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work along the Intracoastal Waterway for the "vast majority" of the state's erosion problems. "This is part and parcel of the many steps that must be taken ...
Louisiana has a budget transparency site already, but the slick graphics and easy navigation for which Ohio Checkbook has won national acclaim and a loyal following in Louisiana. LABI President Stephen Waguespack said that government technology has an obligation to stay caught up with the times.
GOP lawmakers, conservative organizations and business groups are promoting a searchable website they say offers transparency in government, which they're calling Louisiana Checkbook. It's among the spending control measures sought by House Republican leaders as they negotiate with the ...
The Orleans Parish sheriff is preparing to file a lawsuit against drug makers as more government agencies across Louisiana join a growing national effort to win big damages over the costs that taxpayers have allegedly incurred as a result of the opioid crisis. James M. Williams, an attorney with Chehardy ...
LaPolitics Weekly Publisher Jeremy Alford was enjoying boiled crawfish with his family last Friday when he received a text message from a longtime Capitol player, who wrote he felt like Louisianans were at a breaking point when it comes to status quo in government and politics. The mood of the electorate ...


 

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