December 30, 2018 - 7:22 pm
The new year marks the start of numerous new state laws affecting a broad swath of life — from birth to marriage to death and, of course, taxes. Most take effect Tuesday. A look at some of them: ABORTION States continue to move in different directions. A new Washington law will require...
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December 15, 2018 - 10:26 am
( - Tax season is here, and for some, that means tax refunds. According to research by financial technology company SmartAsset, just over 1.5 million taxpayers in the state will be owed a refund, with the average being right around $3,300. VP of Financial Education at SmartAsset AJ Smith...
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Chris Miller
December 14, 2018 - 11:46 am
The Jefferson Parish School Board voted Thursday night to send a pay raise proposal -- funded by a new millage -- to the voters. The plan would generate an extra $3,360 on average for teachers' base salary. Superintendent Cade Brumley's proposal totals $32 million. It asks voters to approve a 7.9...
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June 26, 2018 - 10:14 am
( -- Louisiana's sales tax rate on Saturday, which is the start of a new fiscal year, will go from 5% to 4.45% as result of legislation approved in the third special session of the year. Tax Foundation Economist Scott Drenkard says Louisiana residents will still pay the most expensive sales...
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Louisiana Senate derails bill to limit legislative spending
Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
June 05, 2018 - 12:20 am
State lawmakers failed to agree on a tax and spending plan, so they go home from the special legislative session with the future unclear just weeks before the end of the fiscal year. The Louisiana House and Senate could not agree on how much sales tax to renew. So, it remains unclear if higher...
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May 31, 2018 - 11:58 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State senators Wednesday heavily rewrote a sales tax renewal bill to boost the money raised for next year's budget, despite warnings the approach would be rejected by the House and could collapse the entire budget-balancing special session in its final days without a deal...
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May 29, 2018 - 7:22 am
(AP) - The Louisiana House ended its gridlock over taxes, but moved into a new dispute over how to advance a budget spending the money. Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a $28.5 billion budget for the year that begins July 1 that he said cut too deeply. He expected lawmakers to write a larger spending...
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May 28, 2018 - 3:03 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are meeting Memorial Day in their special session, trying to reach a tax deal to fill a budget gap. The financial year begins July 1, with more than $1 billion in temporary taxes expiring. Gov. John Bel Edwards wants $648 million replaced, to avoid steep...
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May 22, 2018 - 3:13 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said a special session starting Tuesday is Louisiana's "last chance" to avoid steep, damaging budget cuts when temporary taxes expire in six weeks. "One last time, we have a chance and we have a choice. Will we seize this chance to keep the train on its...
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