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.
It took multiple special sessions, but the Louisiana Legislature avoided the fiscal cliff. With a budget crisis behind them, Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Advocate, says lawmakers, including the Governor, will focus their attention on other issues, like an upcoming election. Grace discusses which policy issues may or may not get traction in an election year with Capitol Access Reporter Wallis Watkins.
Lawmakers filed back into the Capitol Monday for a third special session. They’ll spend the next 10 days focusing on the same problem they've failed to address twice already this year. In less than two weeks, the state will lose over $1 billion in revenue.