Sue Lincoln

Fiscal Cliff Not Out of Sight, Nor Out of Mind

Only 344 more days till Louisiana reaches the edge of the fiscal cliff, yet most state legislators are following the “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” prescription. Not so for the administration, though, as the issue loomed large over Thursday’s State Bond Commission meeting.

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Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

If you've checked your retirement account lately or read the business headlines you probably know the stock market is riding high. The major U.S. stock indexes are in record territory. So what's lifting the market? Despite all the turmoil in Washington, is it still the Trump rally? Since the U.S. election, the S&P 500 is up 16 percent and the Dow is up 18 percent, even though President Trump has yet to deliver on most of his pro-growth policies, including tax cuts and a big infrastructure...

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Jamie Hanks, executive director of West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, talks with us about economic development on the west side of the Mississippi River and the issues West Baton Rouge faces.


Budget 101: Income

Jul 3, 2017
LA Tax Reform Task Force

A new fiscal year started this past weekend, so this might be a good time for a basic review. Let’s call it “Budget 101”.

We’ll start with state income – also known as revenue. 


Iris in a rain garden.
LSU AgCenter

Here in Baton Rouge, we have received a teremendous amount of rainfall these past few weeks. You could consider it excessive. But, technically, how much is excessive rainfall and how should it be dealt with?

Frequent rainfall over very long extended period of time, such as one and a half inches of rain every other day for twenty days, could be considered excessive. To the contrary, one single heavy rain event, say five inches in one day, would not be considered excessive rainfall.


Many homeowners who flooded last August are making significant progress on home repairs. Others though are dealing with a second devastation, the betrayal of a trusted contractor.

billcassidy.com

In-state political issues have been taking center stage, but as Congress recesses for Independence Day, let’s check in on Louisiana’s delegation to Washington, D.C.


Wallis Watkins

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed nearly four hundred bills into law passed during the latest regular session. But he’s also used his veto pen on several bills. 


Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu talks to us about the Senate healthcare debate. Landrieu also shares about her focus on curbing domestic violence.


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“You may disagree with who Alton Sterling was as a person, but look at his children. There’s five children that have to be taken care of for the rest of their life – five!” attorney Chris Stewart said, after filing a wrongful death suit on behalf of Sterling's children.


allianceswla.org

Whether it’s refundable tax credits, a decade's worth of property tax forgiveness, or cash up front, Louisiana is making deals with industry. In fact, state Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson has a new video out about it.


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The latest state employment figures are out, and the song remains the same one we’ve heard before from legislative fiscal analyst Greg Albrecht.

“We’ve been in a real decline, while the rest of the country has not. What we really need is job growth.”

Louisiana’s 5.7% unemployment rate, compared to the national average of 4.3%, is impacting sales tax and personal income tax collections, which together make up 61% of total state revenue.

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