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  • Increased cigarette tax goes into effect today

    July 1, 2015 8:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting Wednesday, smokers in Louisiana will be shelling out a little more money for cigarettes. The state cigarette tax is going up 50 cents to 86 cents a pack. Lawmakers approved the tax increase during this year's legislative session. The money generated from the new tax will... more »
  • Baton Rouge Library tax on Oct. 24 ballot

    June 11, 2015 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System will hold a property tax increase election this fall. The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved holding the election Wednesday night. Residents with $150,000 properties would see their bills rise from $80.85 a year to $83.25 a year, and residents with... more »
  • Tax hikes for roadwork begin advancing in Louisiana House

    May 5, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers tired of pothole-riddled roads, traffic congestion and a never-addressed wish list of transportation projects are considering tax hikes to raise money for roadwork. The House Ways and Means Committee approved two proposals Tuesday that could pour billions into road and bridge improvements over the next decade:... more »
  • Groups call for 'no' vote on sheriff's tax proposal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 25, 2015 6:16 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The sheriff of West Baton Rouge is on defense as local industry and community groups take a swing at his proposal to raise taxes. Sheriff Mike Cazes argues the half-cent sales tax increase prevents cutting jobs and programs in his department, but local groups argue he's... more »
  • Rep. Norton: Jindal needs to realize what's going on check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Barbara Norton wants to reinstate half of the Stelly Plan, the repealed law that increased income taxes on wealthy individuals while reducing sales taxes mostly affecting the poor. In a bill pre-filled for the upcoming legislative session, the Shreveport Democrat wants to repeal individual income... more »
  • Idea suggested to fix prison with no tax increase

    February 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council say the parish should hire a private company to finance, build and operate a new jail without a tax increase. The proposal comes as local law enforcement leaders seek a new jail to replace one they say... more »
  • St. George Fire millage proposals pass Metro Council

    January 28, 2015 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After voting down a similar millage proposal at their previous meeting, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved two millage requests to fund the St. George Fire Protection District. St. George initially asked for a 3.25 millage tax for 20 years, which the Metro Council denied.... more »
  • Obama seeking tax increases on wealthy to help middle class

    January 17, 2015 7:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is seeking an increase in taxes on the wealthiest Americans by raising the capital gains rate and eliminating a tax break on inheritances, then using the revenue to fund new tax credits and other cost-saving measures for the middle class. The president's proposals are to... more »
  • Leaders plan to push tax increase again

    April 25, 2013 9:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Just one year later, leaders want to push a property tax increase to fund Livingston Parish mosquito control again. It was voted-down last year, but since about a third of residents still skip-out on paying the fee, Mosquito and Abatement believes the tax is necessary. Without... more »
  • Jindal says he'd veto cigarette tax without offset

    April 18, 2013 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he'll veto any cigarette tax increase that wins passage from lawmakers, unless it's coupled with a corresponding cut in taxes somewhere else. Jindal says he will oppose anything he considers a net increase in state tax revenue. A few weeks ago, Jindal was... more »
  • House gives final passage to fiscal cliff bill

    January 1, 2013 10:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Legislation to block the "fiscal cliff" is headed to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. The bill will avoid, for now, the major tax increases and government spending cuts that had been scheduled to take effect with the new year. Final approval came in the House... more »
  • Congress approves deal to avoid 'fiscal cliff'

    January 1, 2013 10:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit. The bill's... more »
  • House will vote on Senate-passed 'cliff' bill

    January 1, 2013 8:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans are dropping their demands for additional spending cuts and will hold a House vote on whether to give final congressional approval to the Senate-approved compromise averting "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts. The House vote was expected Tuesday evening. A decision by the Republican-run House to... more »
  • Progress seen in last-minute 'fiscal cliff' talks

    December 31, 2012 8:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans say signs of progress are emerging in urgent negotiations to avert the looming 'fiscal cliff' ahead of a midnight deadline. A person familiar with the negotiations says Democrats have offered to extend tax cuts for families making up to $450,000 a year and individuals... more »
  • Sources: New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

    December 17, 2012 6:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has proposed a deficit-reduction package to House Speaker John Boehner that would increase the top tax rates on taxpayers earning more than $400,000, cut more spending from health care programs and add $200 billion more in spending cuts over 10 years to his earlier offer.... more »
  • Reid: 'Extremely difficult' to solve fiscal cliff

    December 11, 2012 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat says "it's going to be extremely difficult" to pass legislation to address the so-called fiscal cliff before Christmas, but adds there's still a chance it can be done. Majority Leader Harry Reid commented Tuesday amid a souring mood in Washington over negotiations to forestall... more »
  • Obama: US can't afford across-the-board tax hike

    November 14, 2012 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all Americans and is calling on congressional Republicans to support an extension of existing tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less. Obama says he is confident that he and Congress can reach an agreement that... more »
  • Congress: Fiscal cliff cuts would mean recession

    November 8, 2012 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional budget experts are offering a dire analysis of what would happen to the economy if the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts can't be averted. The report from the Congressional Budget Office says the economy would go back into recession, with the jobless rate jumping... more »
  • House speaker says he'll consider tax increase

    November 7, 2012 6:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is offering to pursue a deal with a victorious President Barack Obama that will include higher taxes "under the right conditions" to help reduce the nation's staggering debt and put its finances in order. Boehner tells reporters a day after the president's clear re-election... more »
  • Biden: Dems ready to compromise on 'fiscal cliff'

    November 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he and President Barack Obama are anxious to move forward on a bipartisan solution to the looming "fiscal cliff" that could force tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts next year. Biden told reporters Wednesday the real question is what Republicans in Congress will... more »
  • Rent could go up because of CATS property tax check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 26, 2012 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Due to rising property taxes, landlords that own property in the city limits may pass those costs onto renters. On a $100,000 property, owners will pay an additional $106 a year in property taxes which could send rent up just as high. Property owners we... more »
  • Metro Council nixes Mayor's tax increases

    July 27, 2011 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council has voted not to introduce Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposed tax increases, ending the measure before it reached the voters. Council members voted 9 to 3 not to introduce the measure at tonight's meeting, which means it will not be on the Nov. 19... more »
  • Cigarette tax hike deferred, but renewal approved

    May 16, 2011 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A Bogalusa lawmaker has scrapped his proposal to boost Louisiana's cigarette tax, in the face of stiff opposition from the governor and Republicans. But Democratic Rep. Harold Ritchie successfully persuaded the House Ways and Means Committee to renew an expiring 4-cent per pack state cigarette... more »
  • Sales tax increase approved to pay for Juban Crossing

    December 20, 2010 7:28 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has approved a one-cent sales tax increase to help pay for development of a new retail center. Developers of the Juban Crossing retail center asked the parish for the increase after being turned down by the state. Supporters of the tax said... more »
  • Prairieville firefighters want new tax for more stations

    November 9, 2010 11:01 AM

    GONZALES – Firefighters in Ascension Parish say they need another property tax increase to pay for more firefighters, trucks and stations in the Prairieville area. Chief Mark Stewart is asking for a 10-mill increase to be put on the April ballot to fund expansion for Fire District No. 3. ... more »
  • CATS approves resolution for property tax increase

    June 10, 2010 11:05 PM

    The cash-strapped Capital Area Transit System is looking for more money. The CATS board approved a resolution for citizens to vote on a property tax increase. It would cost about $43 a year for a $200,000 home. CATS would stand to gain $10 million more a year. The tax would... more »
  • Oil tax increase to help clean up

    May 24, 2010 3:17 PM

    Congress is getting ready to quadruple - to 32 cents a barrel - a tax on oil used to help pay for cleanups. The increase would raise nearly $11 billion over the next decade. The tax is levied on oil produced in the U.S. or imported from foreign... more »

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