Government

June 23, 2018 - 1:40 pm
(WWL.com) - U.S. Senator John Kennedy has attached an amendment to an appropriations bill to keep taxpayer money from going towards first-class airline tickets for federal employees. Kennedy says there’s only two reasons why a federal worker should receive a taxpayer funded first-class ticket. "If...
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June 23, 2018 - 12:29 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers are speeding to an early end of their latest special session, with a tax deal in hand to avoid deep budget cuts and keep state finances on track for seven years. Senate committees Saturday quickly advanced a sales tax bill to raise $463 million for the...
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June 23, 2018 - 12:18 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana will take longer than expected to pick the company to replace the state's decade-old voting machines. In May, the Secretary of State's Office said a winner bidder was expected to be chosen this month. But the agency said Thursday that timeline has been pushed back...
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June 22, 2018 - 4:18 pm
(WWL.com) - After a week of difficult negotiations, the House has approved legislation that sets Louisiana’s sales tax rate at 4.45 percent through mid-2025. That would be enough revenue to prevent cuts to higher education and the TOPS scholarship program next fiscal year. “Thank you for...
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June 22, 2018 - 3:30 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The Latest on Louisiana's special session on taxes (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Louisiana's legislative leaders believe they may be able to wrap up the state's latest special session on Sunday night. House passage of a tax deal on Friday has paved the way for that...
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June 22, 2018 - 2:13 pm
(WWL.com) - While the Senate is continuing to wait on passage from the House for a solution to the upcoming fiscal cliff, Senate President John Alario says a “Back-up” has been proposed in the event gridlock continues over sales tax negotiations. “This is an effort to have some instrument in place...
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June 21, 2018 - 6:55 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana's special session on taxes (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The L has rejected a sales tax proposal that would have fully financed next year's budget and kept agencies from steep cuts. Lawmakers voted 60-40 for the bill, which needed 70 votes to pass. It...
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USA TODAY
June 21, 2018 - 6:49 pm
(WWL.com) - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued today gives states the authority to collect sales taxes on online purchases. Previously, Louisiana and other states couldn’t collect taxes on items bought from a warehouse or store that didn’t have a physical presence in their state. Global Tax...
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June 20, 2018 - 9:33 pm
(WWL.com) - Over a hundred students from around the state congregated at the state capital in an effort to let their voices be heard on the topic of funding for higher education and TOPS. Among them, Kayla English of Delgado Community College, says she has optimism for funding and hopes others will...
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June 20, 2018 - 8:37 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — If new tax dollars are raised this special session, House Republican leaders outlined their priorities Wednesday night for spending it. The House Appropriations Committee voted 18-4 for a plan sponsored by its chairman, Republican Rep. Cameron Henry, to divvy up $420 million...
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