A Louisiana law requiring doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is set to go into effect after a long court battle. Last week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied a request to rehear the case. Opponents worry this law will make it nearly impossible for a woman to access an abortion in Louisiana, a right protected by Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling issued 46 years ago this week.
Last year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states could collect sales tax on internet purchases from retailers who don't have a physical location in the state. Since then, Louisiana has been ironing out how that process will work.
Trade negotiations between Chinese and American officials began Monday in Beijing, with US officials hoping to ease Chinese tariffs on American products. Those tariffs have hit Louisiana's soybean industry particularly hard.
It took three special sessions for the Legislature to resolve the state’s fiscal cliff earlier this year. After months of deadlock, state lawmakers finally added slightly less than half a penny to the 4% sales tax rate in order to stave off a budget deficit. But in light of a budget surplus and the potential for increased revenue, some lawmakers are reconsidering that sales tax rate.
For the second time in as many weeks, Republican leaders in the House have rejected guidance from state economists who estimate Louisiana’s income will be higher than expected this fiscal year and next.
Primary elections work differently in Louisiana than most other states. In Louisiana's jungle primary system, all candidates - no matter their party - compete against each other. If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers move on to a run off, even if they both belong to the same political party.
There’s bipartisan agreement in Congress that the National Flood Insurance Program needs to be reformed, but lawmakers have been unable to settle on a permanent fix. Over the past year, the program has had seven short-term extensions. It's running up on yet another expiration date Friday.
Louisiana is one of five states in the nation that doesn’t have a minimum wage law of its own. Instead, it sets the same rate as the federal government, $7.25 an hour. That rate hasn’t changed since 2009. And while democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has urged the Republican-controlled Legislature to set and raise the minimum wage in Louisiana, all efforts have failed.
State officials have called the duplication of benefits penalty one of the biggest hurdles to recovery from the 2016 floods. Thousands of Louisiana homeowners who flooded more than two years ago took out Small Business Administration loans to help pay for the damage, but doing so made accessing recovery grants from the state nearly impossible.
After more than two years of an economic slump in Louisiana, a recent report published by the LSU Economics and Policy Research Group shows the number of jobs in Louisiana could reach record numbers by 2020.
It’s been three years since the Louisiana Legislature approved medical marijuana as a treatment option for certain health conditions. The drug is expected to become available to patients this year, and the number of people who could qualify has grown to about 100,000, after the Legislature expanded the program to include medical conditions like chronic pain and PTSD.
Teachers across the country, including Washington, Arizona, and West Virginia, are calling for higher pay and in some cases, going on strike. According to a recent IPSOS/USA Today poll , a majority of Americans don’t think that public school teachers are compensated fairly. The issue is resonating in Louisiana.
Louisiana’s casinos and gaming laws got a lot of attention from the Legislature this year. Lawmakers approved a bill to let riverboat casinos move onto land, but a bill that could have paved the way for legal sports betting in the state failed to gain traction.
The cost of printing a newspaper has grown by more than 20% this year, in part because of a tariff the Trump administration placed on imported newsprint - the paper that newspapers are printed on. But the industry could soon be seeing some relief. Last week, the United States International Trade Commission voted to lift the newsprint tariff.
When Governor John Bel Edwards came into office in 2016, one of the first steps he took was signing an executive order expanding Medicaid in Louisiana. Under the new rules, more people qualified for the health insurance plan. A recent survey by LSU shows since then, the number of uninsured in the state has been cut in half.
Soybeans are a $700-million dollar industry in Louisiana. It’s the second largest row crop industry, just behind sugar cane. So when China imposed a tax on imported soybeans, it put a financial strain on farmers across the state.
Two years ago, tens of thousands of homes in southeast Louisiana were flooded by historic rainfall. Recovery continues, but fewer homeowners than anticipated are applying for financial assistance from the state. Capitol Access caught up with Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, to discuss what’s been done and what’s left to do.
Louisiana plants more soybean per acre than any other row crop in the state. Last month, China introduced a tariff on American soybeans, making them 25% more expensive for Chinese buyers. The move was a response to tariffs announced by President Trump on Chinese goods. How will the soybean tariff impact Louisiana farmers?
Election season is officially underway, as qualifying for the fall election ended Friday, July 20. Voters in Louisiana will head to the polls Nov. 6 to choose the state’s six members in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of State in Louisiana.