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“Our state economy is growing, but those benefits are not accruing to workers.”

That’s the conclusion of the 3rd biennial report on “The State of Working Louisiana”, issued by the Louisiana Budget Project Thursday. 

Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

The task force charged with reviewing the TOPS scholarship program held its first meeting Wednesday at the Capitol. 


Sue Lincoln

The Louisiana Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of funding Type-2 charter schools through the MFP.

“Those are public schools. The state has an obligation to fund those schools,” Erin Bendily, the state Assistant Superintendent of Education says.


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With Labor Day behind us, campaigning for the October 14th state Treasurer’s race should finally ramp up, though it’s been decidedly ho-hum so far.

U-L Monroe Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says there’s a good reason for that.


Shift Happens

Sep 4, 2017
LA DOTD

A crucial part of recovery from Harvey involves making sure southwest Louisiana’s roads and bridges are safe for travel.

“We’ve got closures because of washouts on our system, and bridges that -- after any event like this -- we have to inspect,” says DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson.


Kirsten Roed

Few can dispute the need for the National Flood Insurance Program, considering the devastation wrought by Harvey.

“The imperative to get it reauthorized, I think the exclamation point has been provided by Harvey, but we didn’t need Harvey to tell us how important flood insurance is,” says Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

And when Congress returns to work next week, Louisiana’s delegation will be leading the effort to renew NFIP, which expires September 30th.

Mike Steele, LA GOHSEP

Governor John Bel Edwards says while Louisiana will have some picking up to do after Harvey, “Things are not as bad as had been forecasted, and so we’re very thankful for that.”

He says our neighbors to the west were not nearly as fortunate.


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Harvey makes his second landfall this morning in Louisiana.

“Then it will basically track diagonally across Louisiana from southwest Louisiana up through the northeast corner,” Governor John Bel Edwards says.


Sue Lincoln

As flooding from Harvey continues to unfold in southeast Texas, Louisiana now faces its own increased challenges from the storm’s heavy rainfall. 


LA Dept. of Economic Development

“Everyone in local government says, ‘Let me take care of myself,’ because we took away their tax base -- and it has been going on for years,” Robert Adley, the governor’s representative to the Board of Commerce and Industry, says. “That’s what this is really about.”

“This” is the Industrial Tax Exemption Program, also known as ITEP. 


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