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  • Lawmaker delays vote on Louisiana gas tax hike

    May 24, 2017 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana lawmaker pushing to increase Louisiana's gas tax is urging his House colleagues to consider the proposal, which so far doesn't have enough votes to win passage. Republican Rep. Steve Carter, of Baton Rouge, delayed a scheduled vote on the tax hike bill until next week.... more »
  • Louisiana GOP leaders call for defeat of gas tax increase

    May 23, 2017 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican Party leaders are urging state lawmakers to reject a gas tax hike and have chastised GOP legislators who voted for the proposal. The party's governing body, the Republican State Central Committee, narrowly supported a resolution opposing the 17-cent per gallon tax hike at its recent... more »
  • Home owner burned on solar panel investment Play Video

    May 22, 2017 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A promise of big savings on his electric bill convinced a man to make an investment into solar power, only to be burned when tax rebates never materialized. Frank Masanz purchased solar panels for his home in 2015 when a salesman with Global Efficient Energy knocked... more »
  • City official wants EBR Council on Aging removed from spending tax money

    May 18, 2017 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Metro Councilman Dwight Hudson will ask his colleagues for strict oversight of the recently-passed property tax that will fund elderly affairs operations through the EBR Council on Aging. Hudson told WBRZ's Chief Investigator, Chris Nakamoto, Thursday, he filed an agenda item for an upcoming meeting that... more »
  • House tax committee votes in favor of gas tax hike Play Video

    May 16, 2017 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House Ways and Means Committee advanced a proposal to increase Louisiana's gasoline tax by 17 cents per gallon, with inflationary adjustments in future years. Lawmakers say the money would go toward improving the states infrastructure, specifically aiming to improve the state's roads and bridges. ... more »
  • Louisiana tax study likely to be shelved, instead of enacted

    May 15, 2017 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers are on track to reject most of the big-ticket concepts pushed by a blue-ribbon panel they commissioned to recommend tax overhaul ideas. Few task force suggestions have advanced beyond their first hearings. Several of the main proposals have been killed outright, while others haven't even... more »
  • City of Gonzales approves resolution for 10 percent sales tax Play Video

    May 8, 2017 10:18 PM

    GONZALES - Voters in Gonzales will decide on possibly raising the sales tax by a half-cent this October. The City of Gonzales council passed a resolution to allow a half-cent sales tax increase, which will hike the city's sales tax to 10 percent if voters approve it on October's... more »
  • Gonzales City Council to discuss potential sales tax increase Play Video

    May 5, 2017 6:58 PM

    GONZALES – The Gonzales City Council will be considering a half-cent sales tax increase at its next meeting. The money from the sales tax will be used for public safety, police and fire protection. If the council passes the resolution for the tax increase, it will be placed on... more »
  • Gov. Edwards' business tax gets its first hearing Play Video

    April 24, 2017 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican lawmakers on the House tax committee aren't showing an interest in Gov. John Bel Edwards' main business tax proposal. The concept of a tax on business sales - a gross receipts tax - is getting its first legislative hearing Monday in the House Ways and Means... more »
  • Louisiana Senate agrees to limit hunting sales tax holiday

    April 20, 2017 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has agreed to scale back the state's sales tax holiday for hunting supplies. A proposal by Sen. Barrow Peacock, a Bossier City Republican, would keep state sales taxes from being charged on firearms, ammunition and archery supplies on the first weekend of September. But... more »
  • Bills to lessen tax breaks to be debated by State Senate

    April 17, 2017 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate will consider proposals to whittle away at Louisiana's tax break programs to keep more money in the state treasury for spending. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced a handful of bills Monday to the full Senate that would lessen or eliminate tax... more »
  • Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns

    April 15, 2017 2:52 PM

    CHICAGO - Protesters are taking to the streets across the country to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns. The Washington, D.C., march began Saturday with a rally at the U.S. Capitol, where Democratic lawmakers called on Trump to stop the secrecy. Organizers say marches are taking place... more »
  • Council members walk out on controversial Council on Aging discussion Play Video

    April 12, 2017 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Metro Council failed to approve city ordinances associated with a property tax to fund the EBR Council on Aging after several members walked out of the meeting Wednesday evening. JUST NOW: @GaryChambersJr told metro council "holding up the decision of the people is a... more »
  • Louisiana House committee starts vetting tax rewrite ideas

    April 11, 2017 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House tax committee have launched their work on the main debate of the legislative session, whether and how to rewrite Louisiana's tax laws. The House Ways and Means Committee began vetting tax proposals Tuesday, a day after the two-month legislative session opened. More than... more »
  • Owner of tax preparation businesses accused of defrauding state for second time

    April 10, 2017 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The owner of a chain of tax preparation businesses faces fraud charges after the Louisiana Department of Revenue says he schemed to defraud the state of payroll taxes and inflated income tax refunds. Leroi Gorman Jackson, owner of Taxman Financial Services, LLC, is accused of withholding... more »
  • County considers special tax for Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits

    April 10, 2017 12:16 PM

    WEST PALM BEACH - Commissioners in a Florida county are so tired of spending money on President Donald Trump's frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort, some are suggesting a special tax be levied against the property. Trump's visits have cost Palm Beach County taxpayers about $2 million. The county spends... more »
  • Gas tax could increase 20 cents per gallon Play Video

    April 6, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The lack of funding for road work in Louisiana is causing more than just frustration on the highway. Business groups said Thursday it's hurting the Baton Rouge area economy. "We have a very unique example recently where the LA 1 Bridge across the river was posted [closed... more »
  • Louisiana mulling gas tax hike amid traffic woes, backlog

    April 3, 2017 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's multibillion-dollar road and bridge work backlog and the crippling traffic around the state's capital city are driving a new push to hike the state gasoline tax. The tax increase will be debated in the legislative session that begins April 10. A task force created by the... more »
  • Louisiana governor, lawmakers targeting tax breaks for cuts

    March 31, 2017 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers consider rewriting Louisiana's tax laws, the credits, deductions and exemptions the state gives some items from taxes are squarely in lawmakers' crosshairs for elimination. New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell spent hours last year holding hearings digging into every tax break the state has on the... more »
  • Edwards unveils long-awaited tax plan for upcoming session Play Video

    March 29, 2017 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is pushing significant changes that would shift more of the state tax burden to businesses, lessen sales taxes and raise hundreds of millions for next year's budget. The tax package unveiled Wednesday would replace $1.3 million in temporary taxes set to expire in... more »
  • Tax overhaul effort lacks advantages Reagan enjoyed in 1986

    March 28, 2017 7:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The fundamentals of tax overhaul were strong some 30 years ago. A popular president, Republican Ronald Reagan, pushed the landmark 1986 measure. Powerful and experienced congressional leaders shepherded the legislation with bipartisan support. Key players had established, trusting relationships. The situation facing President Donald Trump features none of... more »
  • Tax assessor begins surveys of flood-damaged property in Ascension Play Video

    March 27, 2017 6:57 PM

    ASCENSION – The tax assessor is going door-to-door in Ascension Parish, surveying residents' property that were impacted by the August flood. Justin Champlin, the chief deputy tax assessor says they plan on going to more than 6,000 flood-damaged properties in the parish. "All houses are different, so each... more »
  • Tax break for owners of flood-damaged homes in Ascension Play Video

    March 23, 2017 7:47 PM

    ASCENSION – Homeowners in Ascension still impacted by the August flood could be in for a tax break this year. The break could be welcomed by homeowners like Richard Prince, who operates a small business that customizes in 18-wheelers. The business is located on the property where he lives.... more »
  • Pepsi pulls 12-packs, 2-liters from shelves over Philadelphia soda tax

    March 21, 2017 5:44 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - Pepsi is pulling 2-liter bottles and 12-packs of its products from Philadelphia grocery store shelves over the city's new tax on sweetened drinks. The company says it wants to offer products and package sizes working families can better afford. The 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened and diet beverages is... more »
  • Trump releases tax info ahead of TV report

    March 14, 2017 8:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Donald Trump made more than $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year. The acknowledgment comes as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says she has obtained part of Trump's 2005 tax forms. The White House is pushing... more »
  • Income tax audits plummet as IRS loses agents to budget cuts

    March 5, 2017 12:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - As millions of Americans file their income tax returns, their chances of getting audited by the IRS have rarely been so low. The number of people audited by the IRS in 2016 dropped for the sixth straight year, to just over 1 million. The last time so few... more »
  • Mississippi kills bill to collect internet tax, earmark for roads

    February 27, 2017 5:29 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says the Mississippi Senate will kill House legislation that would enforce taxation on internet sales and earmark the money for road and bridge work. Reeves told reporters Monday that House Bill 480 will die in committee Tuesday, at the deadline for committees to... more »
  • Tax preparer accused of costing state nearly $300,000 in false filings

    February 22, 2017 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana tax preparer faces fraud charges for a scheme that cost taxpayers an estimated $300,000. The Louisiana Department of Revenue reported the arrest of Melissa Cato for allegedly altering clients' state income tax returns to claim losses for businesses that did not exist. Auditors with... more »
  • IDs stolen from jailed, arrested people used in tax fraud

    February 21, 2017 10:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a southeast Louisiana woman has acknowledged filing phony tax returns using identification stolen from people who had been jailed or arrested. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says in a news release that 41-year-old Alicia Washington of Tangipahoa Parish pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy and aggravated... more »
  • Tax filing extensions available for tornado-impacted areas

    February 20, 2017 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue is offering tax filing and payment extensions to taxpayers impacted by severe storms and tornadoes that struck the state on Feb. 7. Tax filing and payment extensions are offered for residents whose homes, critical tax records or principal places of business... more »
  • Smaller states rejoice as Amazon finally collects sales tax

    January 29, 2017 2:25 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Many online shoppers in the United States have for years had to pay state sales taxes whenever they buy goods from Amazon. But the Seattle giant has dragged its feet on collecting sales taxes in small and sparsely populated states where it doesn't have a physical presence.... more »
  • Council on Aging promises transparency spending millions Play Video

    January 26, 2017 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The EBR Council on Aging promised transparency and announced it will hold a series of meetings to discuss its controversial property tax that was approved by voters in November. The council shared information in a news release issued Thursday morning. Some on the Metro Council... more »
  • Trump aide says tax returns won't be made public

    January 22, 2017 1:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway says President Donald Trump will not release his tax returns, appearing to shut the door on a decades-long tradition of transparency. Every president since 1976 has released their returns. During the campaign, Trump refused to make his filings public, saying they were... more »
  • State income tax filings begin Jan. 23

    December 26, 2016 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2016 state income tax returns on Jan. 23. LDR will accept returns filed electronically at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline , through third-party commercial software along with paper returns submitted through the mail and in person. The IRS will also begin accepting... more »
  • Amazon to start charging sales taxes on Louisiana shoppers Play Video

    December 20, 2016 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax-free shopping on Amazon for Louisiana residents is ending. The online retail giant will start charging sales taxes on all purchases shipped to destinations in Louisiana starting Jan. 1. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that a state revenue department spokesman confirmed Amazon will begin collecting both state and local... more »
  • Council on Aging keeps its funding Play Video

    December 13, 2016 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro-council members failed to strip funding from the Council on Aging in Baton Rouge Tuesday. Republican Buddy Amoroso wanted the senior-citizen group to be solely funded by a tax hike voters approved in November. "I'm disappointed we gave them $872,000 from the budget," said Amoroso after his... more »
  • Property bills in EBR available soon, due January 31st Play Video

    December 8, 2016 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you live in East Baton Rouge Parish, you might have noticed your property bills are late. Assessor Brian Wilson assures the bills are on their way, but they're late because about 41,000 homes had to be reassessed following the flood "We had to go... more »
  • Lafourche Parish School Board to consider sales tax increase

    December 8, 2016 10:23 AM

    THIBODAUX - The Lafourche Parish School Board has agreed to consider asking voters for a one-cent sales tax for teacher salaries and to authorize the use of bonds for school facility upgrades. Superintendent Jo Ann Mathews says the measure is a consideration at this point. The Daily Comet reports the... more »
  • Proposed tax on Dec. ballot could allow for mental health facility in BR Play Video

    November 29, 2016 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As voters head to the polls, one item they will be asked to approve is a property tax that would generate nearly $6 million for a mental health facility in Baton Rouge. People suffering from behavioral health issues in need of treatment are behind bars. Only one... more »
  • Nov. 18 last day for flood victims to receive tax reduction in Livingston Parish Play Video

    November 18, 2016 7:09 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Friday was the last day for owners of flood damaged property to get a tax break on their Livingston Parish tax bill. If flood victims showed their proof of damage, they could get a 20 percent property tax reduction. One property owner, Sonya Beadle, said that... more »
  • Voters to decide on hotel occupancy tax increase on Dec. 10

    November 17, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Parish residents will decide on a proposition authorizing a two percent hotel occupancy tax that would be added to hotel guests' nightly room rate on the Dec. 10th ballot. Proceeds from the tax would produce an estimated $2.6 million each year to fund... more »
  • Proposed tax hike for East Baton Rouge roads Play Video

    November 16, 2016 12:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The same day East Baton Rouge voters decide their next mayor-president, they'll also vote on a 5-Mill property tax increase for traffic improvements. City-parish leaders call it the Green Light Plan 2, an update of the 11-year-old road work program. Read the full plan here. Parish... more »
  • Economist: Louisiana job numbers down, hitting state coffers

    November 10, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's $315 million deficit from last year was mainly driven by continuing dips in private sector employment that are driving down personal income and business tax collections. That's the grim assessment delivered Thursday to the state's income forecasting panel, the Revenue Estimating Conference. The Legislature's chief economist,... more »
  • Voters pass property tax for EBR Council on Aging

    November 8, 2016 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Voters approved a property tax that would create more money for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. In a close vote, the measure was passed with 90,791 votes (51 percent). The tax would be a 2.25 mill property tax for 10 years that would... more »
  • Tax law rewrite proposals released to Louisiana lawmakers

    November 2, 2016 9:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers are being urged to make sweeping changes to the state's sales tax, personal income tax and property tax policies. The effort is aimed at stabilizing state government finances and ending its boom-and-bust budgeting cycles. A study group created by lawmakers to recommend a tax revamp... more »
  • Investigative Unit captures public equipment doing private jobs Play Video

    October 27, 2016 5:25 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Freshly cut grass and nicely manicured parking lots are things you'd expect on public property. But, you don't expect your tax dollars to pay to maintain private property. Our cameras captured that happening in the quaint town of St. Francisville. It has been going on for decades... more »
  • Tax bill assessments delayed until February due to flood Play Video

    October 14, 2016 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Tax Assessor has announced that due to the August flood some tax assessments are null and void and will require reassessment, delaying when residents will receive them. At this time, the tax assessor anticipates that reassessments will be completed by the first... more »
  • Homeowners will pay less property taxes Play Video

    September 26, 2016 7:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Homeowners with flood damage will pay less property taxes this year. Per state law parishes will reduce a home's value based on its damage. East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes expect to mail bills a few months late, maybe early next year. The tax assessors need time to... more »
  • Audit: Agencies not complying with tax break reporting law

    September 19, 2016 10:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says four state agencies didn't comply with a 2013 state law aimed at better tracking of Louisiana's tax break programs. In a report released Monday, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office says 46 of 79 tax incentive reports that agencies are supposed to submit under... more »
  • New taxes for roads, mental health center to be discussed Wednesday

    September 13, 2016 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council will discuss five new tax proposals at its meeting Wednesday. Among the items are taxes on property to pay for new roads and a mental health facility. Also, the council will consider a two-percent tax on hotel rooms to raise money for the newly-created... more »
  • $15M in property tax breaks for manufacturers stalled

    September 12, 2016 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About $15 million in property tax breaks for manufacturing facilities have been stalled by a board that reviews them, after Gov. John Bel Edwards says he wants the tax breaks tied to jobs. Once seen as a rubber stamp on the tax breaks, the Board of Commerce... more »
  • Post-flood, frustrated riders could wait up to an hour for a bus

    September 9, 2016 4:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Numerous cancellations frustrated Capital Area Transit System riders Friday as the bus system asked for patience in the system's ongoing effort to restore service with a tattered fleet and tested drivers. Earlier this week, CATS announced it was not offering its bus service to fans attending... more »
  • Filing, payment extensions for those affected by flooding

    August 28, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State tax extensions are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, business and critical tax records are located in 20 parishes designated as federal disaster areas following recent flooding. The Louisiana Department of Revenue says for sales, severance and excise taxes due on or after Aug. 11 and... more »
  • 10 tax questions asked during a disaster

    August 23, 2016 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue has compiled a list of the ten most frequently asked tax questions on disaster recovery. Here they are: · Money donated to a GoFundMe or other crowdfunding website to benefit flood victims is it tax deductible? Or do I owe... more »
  • Louisiana's sales tax holiday on Fri. and Sat.; 3 percent to be paid by shoppers Play Video

    August 2, 2016 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's annual Sales Tax Holiday is on Friday and Saturday this year, however unlike past years, customers will end up paying some tax. On Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6, shoppers will pay three percent sales tax rather than the full five percent. The... more »
  • Used car dealers in Lafayette arrested for fraud scheme

    July 26, 2016 12:05 PM

    LAFAYETTE – The co-owners of a used car dealership in Lafayette face felony charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in state sales tax revenues. Shawn Calvit and Michael Laue own and operate Lauco Auto Sales in Lafayette. Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Revenue say the two under... more »
  • Louisiana's special sessions on taxes cost at least $1.8M

    July 15, 2016 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The two special sessions called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to help stabilize Louisiana's finances cost taxpayers at least $1.8 million. During the two sessions on taxes held this year, lawmakers raised about $1.5 billion to shrink holes in the current year budget. The House and Senate... more »
  • 2 Special Sessions: The cost to taxpayers Play Video

    June 24, 2016 9:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In addition to the usual legislative session, lawmakers spent a lot of extra time at the Capitol this year thanks to two separate Special Sessions. The move cost taxpayers millions. The first Special Session began on February 14th. It ended 25 days later, but over that... more »
  • With clock ticking, Senators delay on crafting state spending plans

    June 21, 2016 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators are having trouble working out a final version of their plans to spend the $284 million raised in the special legislative session. The Senate Finance Committee planned a Tuesday meeting to craft its version of the bill to plug the money into next year's budget. But... more »
  • Lawmaker calls proposed tax policy 'worst ever' Play Video

    June 15, 2016 11:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some lawmakers are calling a tax bill that passed through the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday as some of the worst tax policy ever. The tax hike would mainly impact wealthy people when they file their state return. It will only take effect if the... more »
  • Council approval paves way for new hotel in Downtown BR Play Video

    May 25, 2016 11:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council approved a tiff Wednesday night that paves the way for a new hotel to be built in downtown Baton Rouge. The Third-Florida Economic Development District allows the Courtyard Marriott Hotel planned for the corner of 3rd and Florida to levy a 2 cent... more »
  • Metro Council approves vote on new property tax in November Play Video

    May 10, 2016 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council approved adding a property tax vote to the November ballot. The Council on Aging wants more money to fund its operation because of fears of half a million dollars in state cuts and other local government cuts. The organization... more »
  • Tax filing deadline approaches

    April 18, 2016 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Millions of taxpayers are expected to file for their tax returns or ask for a six-month extension on Monday. The deadline was extended from Friday, April 15 to Monday, April 18th because Emancipation Day was observed in the District of Columbia. The D.C. legal holiday commemorated... more »
  • Livingston educators regrouping after new taxes fail

    April 11, 2016 5:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish educators are regrouping after two, new tax proposals failed Saturday in Albany and Springfield. Livingston Parish Public Schools Superintendent John Watson says he respects the wishes of the voters. Watson says passing two new taxes was tough to sell to voters, but it still comes as... more »
  • Livingston voters approve tax renewal for juvenile detention center

    April 9, 2016 10:32 PM

    Voters in Livingston Parish chose to approve a property tax renewal for the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center Saturday. The tax renewal was previously shot down by voters in five parishes in November. The detention center that is located in Tangipahoa Parish serves Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, St. Tammany... more »
  • Proposed high school in hands of voters Saturday Play Video

    April 6, 2016 5:18 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The fate of a new high school campus will be in the hands of voters Saturday in the Springfield school district with a $14 million bond issue on the ballot. The money would go toward building a new school on land already owned by the Livingston Parish school... more »
  • Where's your tax refund? Details on why it's taking longer this year Play Video

    March 31, 2016 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State tax refunds are taking longer than usual for some people since the Louisiana Department of Revenue has purposely slowed the refund process down to fight fraud. Numerous people have complained to WBRZ about the time it has taken to receive refunds. People reported waiting weeks,... more »
  • Chicago removes sales tax on tampons, sanitary napkins

    March 16, 2016 4:52 PM

    CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council has rescinded a city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins. Wednesday's vote followed a recommendation that was made without opposition by the City Council's finance committee last week. The items are taxed 10.25 percent in Chicago. The vote will remove Chicago's portion of... more »
  • Special session deadline looms at the capitol Play Video

    March 9, 2016 12:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A deadline looms at the state capitol. By the end of Wednesday, the special session called to deal with the state's budget woes will be over. It'll be a busy day. Lawmakers have to find another $200 million. Accomplishing that could be easier said than done; They've... more »
  • Lawmakers race against the clock to close budget gap Play Video

    March 8, 2016 12:19 AM

    BATON ROGE - The special legislative session ends Wednesday and lawmakers now have less than 48 hours to sort out the state's budget mess. Monday, they discussed raising the sales tax an extra cent until the end of the current fiscal year. There's no official proposal yet, but republicans and... more »
  • Voters approve tax renewal for Albany fire district

    March 5, 2016 10:41 PM

    ALBANY - Voters in part of Livingston Parish approved a tax renewal to fund the District 1 Fire Department. District 1 covers around 10,000 people in the town of Albany and surrounding area. The tax has been on the books for nearly 20 years. Officials were worried leading... more »

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