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  • TOPS the priority as House lawmakers work on the budget

    May 6, 2016 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As House lawmakers work to craft their version of next year's budget, House leaders say the main focus is on protecting the state's TOPS free college tuition program from cuts. To help close a $600 million gap, Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed to only provide about one-third... more »
  • Edwards rejects calls to revise special session timeline

    May 5, 2016 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says calls to delay a special session on taxes would be irresponsible, allowing damaging cuts to take hold across state services. The Democratic governor is planning a June special session for lawmakers, to consider tax changes that could help stave off deep... more »
  • Estimate of Louisiana's budget shortfall drops to $600M

    April 25, 2016 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The price tag for Louisiana's budget shortfall next year has dropped to $600 million. Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief financial adviser Jay Dardenne told state senators Monday that a gap once pegged at $750 million is lower. Dardenne says that's thanks to savings from Edwards'... more »
  • Plastic bag tax? Decision to remain with La. local officials

    April 21, 2016 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Decisions on whether to ban or tax disposable plastic bags will remain with Louisiana's local government leaders. A St. Tammany Parish lawmaker Thursday scrapped his effort to create roadblocks for such restrictions. Republican Rep. Paul Hollis, of Covington, initially proposed to prohibit city and parish governments from... more »
  • More than 5M tax returns expected Monday as deadline nears

    April 17, 2016 3:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline Monday to file their tax returns, while millions of others will ask for more time -a six-month extension. There was a three-day delay beyond the traditional April 15 deadline Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. It was... more »
  • Livingston voters reject funding for school upgrades

    April 9, 2016 10:48 PM

    SPRINGFILED – Voters in Livingston Parish rejected a proposal Saturday that would have funded a new high school in Springfield and upgrades to schools in Albany. One proposal would have approved a $14 million dollar bond issue that would go toward building a new school on land already owned... more »
  • Click here for municipal and primary election results

    April 9, 2016 6:17 PM

    CLICK HERE FOR LIVE ELECTION RESULTS BATON ROUGE – Polls closed at 8 p.m. for many areas around the Capital City Saturday. Voters in West Baton Rouge Parish are voting whether to renew a tax for the West Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit. The unit receives some... more »
  • New taxes go in effect on April 1st; that's no joke Play Video

    March 31, 2016 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smokers, drinkers, car renters and every shopper around Louisiana will be paying more for their purchases starting today. In addition to tax increases on cigarettes, alcohol and car rentals, a one percent increase in the state sales tax kicks in Friday. According to the Tax... more »
  • Renewal of tax for health center on West Baton Rouge ballot

    March 28, 2016 9:20 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Local voters are deciding whether to renew a property tax for the West Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit in Port Allen. The tax has been in place since 1956. Parish finance director Phillip Bourgoyne says it will generate nearly $634,000 a year from 2017 to 2026.... more »
  • State tax filing extensions for storm affected parishes

    March 23, 2016 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Taxpayers affected by recent storms or flooding will have some extra time to file some of their taxes. State officials said Wednesday that the Department of Revenue will waive late filing penalties, late payment fees and other interest that would normally apply. The extended deadline... more »
  • Louisiana Department of Revenue warns taxpayers of scams

    March 17, 2016 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers about scams from people attempting to steal their personal information. Criminals are contacting people and identifying themselves as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or state’s Department of Revenue. According to the department, scam artists are threatening taxpayers... more »
  • Louisiana budget shortfall could still top $50 million

    March 10, 2016 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax bills were rushed through in such frenzy in the final minutes of the special legislative session that the governor, lawmakers and their financial advisers were still trying Thursday to sift through the implications. This year's budget could be out of balance anywhere from $30 million... more »
  • Jindal-era tax credit maneuver repealed by state lawmakers

    March 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have taken a shot at former Gov. Bobby Jindal in the special legislative session, giving final passage to a measure aimed at refuting his budget practices. The House and Senate agreed Wednesday to repeal a heavily-criticized tax credit, called SAVE, that Jindal pushed to protect his... more »
  • Alcohol taxes to rise after rate hike receives final passage

    March 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's drinkers will soon be paying more for their wine and beer. A bill to boost the tax rates charged on alcohol won final passage Wednesday with a 71-23 House vote. The measure heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who supports the tax hike to help balance... more »
  • Critical bills up for consideration as session deadline closes in

    March 9, 2016 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday marks the final day of the special legislative session, and it’s time for state lawmakers to agree to a tax plan or let critical services get cut. Lawmakers are meeting now behind closed doors, and a number of conference committees are hard at work on... more »
  • Senators blast business for seeking to protect tax breaks

    March 8, 2016 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators grilled business lobbyists on the second-to-last day of the special legislative session, saying companies aren't doing their fair share to help close Louisiana's budget gap. Lobbyists for the oil and gas industry, chemical plants and other companies urged the Senate tax committee Tuesday against shrinking sales... more »
  • Last-minute financing maneuver could boost Medicaid funding

    March 8, 2016 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers think they have found a way to tap into more money for Louisiana's Medicaid program, without more taxes. A little-noticed financing maneuver added to legislation Monday night by senators is estimated to bring in at least $250 million more annually for Medicaid. The maneuver,... more »
  • Louisiana House supports alcohol tax increase for budget

    March 6, 2016 8:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to raise alcohol taxes to help bail out the state budget. The alcohol tax hike fell short last week of the 70 votes needed. But after two days of negotiations, several lawmakers changed their minds Sunday and the bill was advanced to... more »
  • Who could pay? A look at tax bills approved by lawmakers Play Video

    March 5, 2016 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. Only a few have made it to final passage in a special legislative session that must end Wednesday. Here's a look of what some of the proposals would do and... more »
  • Smokers to pay more: Cigarette tax hike wins final passage

    March 5, 2016 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smoking cigarettes in Louisiana will cost more money starting April 1. The state Senate voted 33-2 Saturday for a 22-cent per pack cigarette tax hike. That gave the House-approved bill final legislative passage. Gov. John Bel Edwards supports the tax increase sponsored by New Orleans... more »
  • Amended alcohol tax fails in the House

    March 4, 2016 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican lawmakers in the House who have shown resistance to raising taxes also have been slow to come up with places they'd recommend slashing government to rebalance Louisiana's budget. Senate leaders, both Republican and Democrat, have repeatedly pointed out the House members causing some of the special... more »
  • Stalemate thaws as House votes on more tax bills Play Video

    March 3, 2016 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After days of delays, the Louisiana House has started considering additional tax changes that could help balance the state budget. Republican leaders in the House had stalled action on taxes for several days, while waiting for the Senate to unveil its package of proposed budget cuts. GOP... more »
  • Senators outline budget balancing plan, calls for more taxes

    March 3, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have unveiled their plan to rebalance Louisiana's short-term budget gap, seeking to lessen cuts proposed by the House and largely shield public colleges and health services from steep reductions. But the plan requires the House to back $83 million more in taxes than the... more »
  • Who could pay? A look at tax bills advancing with lawmakers

    March 3, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. None has made it to final passage so far, with less than a week remaining in the special legislative session. Here's a look of what some of the proposals would do and... more »
  • Missouri man charged with advertising for dependents

    March 2, 2016 3:18 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - A Missouri man has been charged with advertising on Craigslist for the identities of children he could claim as dependents on his taxes. The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Raheem McClain, of Ozark, was charged in a three-count indictment that was unsealed Tuesday. The indictment alleges that he... more »
  • Parents plead for taxes to pay for their children's services Play Video

    March 2, 2016 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators weighing deep cuts to state services were wiping away tears as parents pleaded for them to pass tax hikes to protect programs that help them care for their children. Health care services that serve thousands with developmental disabilities are threatened as lawmakers decide how to close... more »
  • Edwards urges House Republicans to support more tax bills

    March 2, 2016 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards tried to persuade Republican lawmakers to back additional taxes as his special legislative session on rebalancing Louisiana's budget moves into its final week. The Democratic governor met privately with GOP House and Senate members Wednesday morning, urging action. Edwards said he told Republicans... more »
  • House and Senate appear in stalemate over budget rebalancing

    March 1, 2016 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Negotiations over how best to rebalance Louisiana's budget are staying behind the scenes. Lawmakers in the House on Tuesday again stalled votes on tax hikes, as bill sponsors tried to rally enough support for passage. House Speaker Taylor Barras, a Republican, called on lawmakers in his... more »
  • Louisiana hit with credit rating downgrade, blow to state

    February 25, 2016 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's credit rating has been downgraded, after years of budget instability that leave public colleges and government services wallowing in repeated financial uncertainty. The decision by Moody's Investors Service to drop the state's credit rating Thursday is another blow to a state teetering on the edge... more »
  • House raises sales tax by a penny; Senate must approve measure next Play Video

    February 25, 2016 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state house have approved a one-cent tax increase to help fill budget holes in two budgets: the current budget and next year's spending plan. The tax proposal was passed 76-27, WBRZ political correspondent Mark Armstrong first reported on Twitter Thursday afternoon. The senate... more »
  • House lawmakers begin talking specific tax hikes

    February 17, 2016 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have started sifting through Gov. John Bel Edwards' tax proposals for the special legislative session. The Ways and Means Committee started hearings Wednesday on individual tax bills, but took no votes. Committee Chairman Neil Abramson, a New Orleans Democrat, says lawmakers want to... more »
  • Governor's tax proposals presented to House lawmakers

    February 15, 2016 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' revenue secretary has outlined the tax hikes the governor is proposing in a special legislative session to help stabilize Louisiana's finances. Kimberly Robinson presented the list Monday to the House Ways and Means Committee, kicking off tax negotiations with lawmakers who have... more »
  • Edwards releases budget proposal without taxes, only cuts Play Video

    February 13, 2016 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has presented its doomsday budget to lawmakers. Edwards' chief financial adviser Jay Dardenne unveiled Saturday what next year's budget looks like if Louisiana cuts more than $2 billion in state financing to close a budget gap, rather than raise taxes. He called... more »
  • Budget threats becoming familiar pattern Play Video

    February 12, 2016 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The current budget brinksmanship is nothing new in Louisiana politics. Less than a year ago, similar doomsday stories were told about the future of higher education and health care. Both then and now, state leaders emphasized those scenarios would play out if taxes were not raised.... more »
  • Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns

    February 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have failed to release their tax returns despite promises to do. Mitt Romney offered Republican presidential candidates this advice about a hard-won lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top... more »
  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • Edwards to outline parameters Friday for special session

    February 5, 2016 4:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards is readying to release his outline for a special legislative session he is calling to stabilize Louisiana's finances. The Democratic governor said he intends to issue the executive order Friday, setting the dates and parameters for the session to begin Feb. 14. Edwards says... more »
  • IRS resolves computer problems after outage

    February 4, 2016 6:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says it has resolved a computer system outage and is again accepting electronically filed tax returns. In a statement on Thursday, the agency says it had resumed processing individual and business tax returns at about 5 p.m. Eastern, a day after a "hardware failure" forced the... more »
  • LDR: State tax filings not affected by IRS system outage

    February 4, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana tax filings are not being affected by the IRS' hardware failure. In a news release sent out Thursday morning, the Louisiana Department of Revenue said its tax processing systems are not being impacted by the system outage. Earlier this week, the IRS announced that it had stopped... more »
  • IRS computer problems shut down tax return e-file system

    February 3, 2016 7:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says it has stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, but the IRS says it doesn't anticipate "major disruptions." The agency on Wednesday experienced what it is calling a "hardware failure." The e-file... more »
  • PAR wants cuts before taxes Play Video

    February 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A "good government" group wants Louisiana's leaders to get control of spending before they raise taxes. The Public Affairs Research (PAR) Council released a report where it lists specific cuts. A few of the proposed measures include: - Control increased spending for state workers' health... more »
  • New Orleans area lawmakers to lead House budget, tax panels

    January 28, 2016 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two New Orleans area lawmakers have been chosen to lead the House committees that will be essential to deciding the fate of Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget and tax proposals. House Speaker Taylor Barras posted his committee assignments online Thursday. Republican Rep. Cameron Henry of... more »
  • Metro councilman shocked many people still go to the library Play Video

    January 27, 2016 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A simple item on Wednesday's Metro Council agenda about leasing space for a temporary downtown library turned into a bizarre discussion about how many people visit libraries and the economic differences between people on either side of town. The library board wants to spend $14,583.33 a... more »
  • Gov. Edwards' budget ideas unveiled, so negotiations begin

    January 20, 2016 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Reaction to Gov. John Bel Edwards' tax hike proposals for closing Louisiana's massive budget holes is mixed. Legislative leaders say they're encouraged by the broad array of options, but others are showing resistance to the ideas. The Democratic governor offered a "menu of options" that includes... more »
  • Tax hikes, furloughs, cuts being weighed to balance budget

    January 16, 2016 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State leaders are rummaging around for ideas to stop the flow of red ink in Louisiana's budget, with a more than $700 million gap to close by June and deeper troubles on the horizon. Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to start unveiling his "menu of options"... more »
  • Edwards transition committee releases tax recommendations report

    January 15, 2016 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edward’s Transition Committee on Fiscal Matters released a report containing tax recommendations for the state going forward on Friday. The transition committee spent three days putting together a plan that contains 10 guiding principles and provided options for the incoming administration to take... more »
  • Democrats chosen to lead Senate's budget and tax committees

    January 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate President John Alario has selected Democrats to lead the Senate committees dealing with taxes and the budget. Sen. Eric LaFleur, of Ville Platte, will work as chairman of the Finance Committee, which helps to craft the state's annual budget and will grapple with closing... more »
  • WATCH Governor-Elect Edwards talks possible tax increase

    January 4, 2016 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards gave some indication Monday about a possible plan to raise taxes to fill Louisiana's budget deficit. Specifically he would be in favor of eliminating some income tax deductions for individuals and corporations while lowering income taxes overall. Edwards said people would pay a... more »
  • State tax amnesty period to end on Thursday

    December 28, 2015 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businesses and individuals who have fallen behind on their taxes have just three days left to take advantage of the state’s tax amnesty program in 2015. Once Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015 wraps up, there will be no new amnesty program offered by the Department of Revenue... more »
  • Audit finds faults in DHH's management of funds Play Video

    December 23, 2015 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state audit has found that the Department of Health and Hospitals failed to follow legally required processes at a cost of tens of millions of dollars to taxpayers. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's sweeping examination of the state health agency was released Wednesday. DHH officials... more »
  • Thousands of properties piling up for EBR Parish Play Video

    November 16, 2015 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of properties with unpaid taxes are sitting around in East Baton Rouge waiting to be sold at auction. When someone does not pay property taxes that property goes up for auction at a sheriff's sale. The properties that are not sold are "adjudicated" to the parish... more »
  • Dept. of Revenue to ditch debit card tax refund option

    September 29, 2015 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Early next month, taxpayers will lose the option to receive their tax refund from the State Department of Revenue on a MyRefund Debit Card. The Department of Revenue says the Friday, Oct. 2 change comes due to J.P. Morgan Chase eliminating its prepaid debit card services.... more »
  • Services on the line as EBRPL tax renewal heads to October ballot Play Video

    September 24, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A crucial vote is coming up for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System as voters are asked to renew a tax that's been around for 20 years. The current tax costs the average resident about $100 a year, and it has served the library... more »
  • Higher Learning: Colorado county mulls scholarship pot tax

    August 26, 2015 12:48 PM

    DENVER - Talk about higher learning. A Colorado county is mulling whether to create what would be the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money. Pueblo County is considering a 5 percent excise tax on marijuana growers, with half the proceeds designated to a scholarship fund that... more »
  • Governor candidates back allowing local tax hikes for roads

    July 31, 2015 5:05 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Louisiana's four major candidates for governor told a packed audience of local elected officials they support giving municipalities more authority to raise their own taxes for roadwork. The three Republicans - Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and U.S. Sen David Vitter - and one Democrat,... more »
  • Lawsuit challenges utility tax change used to balance budget

    July 1, 2015 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Chemical Association has filed a lawsuit challenging one of the tax changes recently enacted by state lawmakers to balance the state's budget. The lawsuit strikes at legislation that temporarily suspended a 1-cent sales tax exemption on business utilities, expected to raise $103 million in the... more »
  • Auditor: State agencies fail reporting on tax incentives Play Video

    June 1, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State agencies that administer tax incentive programs are failing to adequately report the return on investment for those programs, according to the legislative auditor's office. State law requires agencies to annually report to the Legislature the return on investment for their tax incentive programs and whether the... more »
  • Key piece of budget-balancing plan meets resistance in House

    June 1, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have stalled a key piece of legislation sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal as part of the budget-balancing plan. The bill was designed to allow the governor to maintain his record against tax increases. The House Ways and Means Committee canceled its planned Monday... more »
  • Louisiana school voucher program before US appeals court

    June 1, 2015 4:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on whether the state must report to the U.S. government about schools and families in Louisiana's program to provide some students with taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear... more »
  • Dueling budget reports paint different St. George pictures Play Video

    May 13, 2015 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Supporters of the proposed city of St. George released details today about how they plan to fund their government, and it doesn't include raising taxes. The group hired national public accounting firm Carr, Riggs and Ingram, whose report shows an $11.4 million annual budget surplus for... more »
  • State board awards tax breaks, costing Lafayette millions

    May 12, 2015 1:50 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A state board exempted some Lafayette Parish businesses from paying millions in local taxes in 2013. The Louisiana Economic Development's Board of Commerce and Industry, not local governing bodies, approved the exemptions that waived local property taxes. In 2013 those exemptions amounted to $5.4 million over a 10-year... more »
  • Louisiana House to debate scaling back tax breaks this week

    May 5, 2015 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After weeks of back-room wrangling, the budget-balancing debate is moving to the floor of the Louisiana House, with colleges and health services at the mercy of the high-stakes decisions. House leaders intend to ask their colleagues to decide Thursday which tax changes they're willing to make -... more »
  • Jindal blasts companies opposed to religious objections bill Play Video

    April 23, 2015 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says businesses that oppose religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with liberal elites who support more taxes and regulation and demonize profit-making. In a meeting with reporters Thursday, the Republican governor said he was alarmed when business groups united with LGBT advocates... more »
  • Senators back inventory tax repeal in budget-balancing plan

    April 22, 2015 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ignoring the outcry of local government leaders, senators moved ahead with the cornerstone of a budget-balancing package of tax changes under negotiation by legislative leaders. The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-1 Wednesday for a proposal by Sen. Robert Adley to repeal the local property tax charged on... more »
  • Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

    April 22, 2015 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services. For those who weren't disconnected, only 40 percent actually got through to a person. Many of those people had to wait on... more »
  • Baton Rouge park officials ask for increased property tax

    April 20, 2015 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge recreation and park system will ask its governing board for a property tax increase at the end of May, one that won't require the approval of voters. BREC already collects one of the highest property taxes in the city-parish, over 14 mills. Although... more »
  • State back on track with processing tax returns after scammers

    April 2, 2015 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state is back on track in processing income tax returns and getting refunds out to you. There had been some major delays after scammers filed more than 2,000 fake tax returns through TurboTax back in the beginning of tax season. The Louisiana Department of... more »
  • House bill could pin higher taxes on smokers Play Video

    April 2, 2015 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smokers across the state could be taking a bigger hit to their wallet when they restock on their precious smokes in the future. To the chagrin of these nicotine enjoying taxpayers, the proposed House Bill No. 252, aims to increase cigarette taxes from $0.36 to $1.08... more »
  • Obama signs law on donations to slain NY officers' families

    April 1, 2015 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing people to write off donations they made this year to the families of two slain New York police officers. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Dec. 20 by a man... more »
  • Jindal health care budget has gaps, cuts, unsure financing

    March 25, 2015 1:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care spending plan for next year relies on more than $400 million in tax changes uncertain to win passage from state lawmakers. Even then, lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee were told Wednesday, the governor's proposal still has gaps in the Medicaid program... more »
  • Aerial mapping program coming to Livingston Parish Play Video

    March 18, 2015 3:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor showed off a new parish-wide mapping system to parish leaders, realtors and law enforcement Wednesday. The program will be public for anyone to use, but parish entities will benefit from the mapping system. It could provide an easier way to make... more »
  • A look at Jindal's proposal to close the $1.6B budget gap

    February 27, 2015 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to close the gap with savings from lessened tax break spending, piecemeal financing and cuts across state agencies. Here's how Jindal proposes to address the shortfall: -Cap... more »
  • Here's why your La. tax refund will be late

    February 18, 2015 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has delayed issuing tax refunds by a week in light of fraudulent tax returns being filed across the country. The Louisiana Department of Revenue said Wednesday, it will begin issuing refunds on March 2. The state began accepting tax returns on January 20 and... more »
  • Taxes placed on Livingston May ballot

    February 12, 2015 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders approved putting two tax measures on the May ballot Thursday night. One is the second attempt for the fire department covering the Holden area. A tax renewal failed in December. The department believes low voter turnout and knowledge about the renewal caused the defeat. ... more »
  • Obama sending $4 trillion spending plan to Congress

    February 2, 2015 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed during tough economic times. The budget being proposed Monday would also ease... more »
  • ACA making taxes more complicated

    January 30, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Affordable Care Act is affecting the way many people file their taxes this year. It's one of the biggest changes to the tax code in decades and it's confusing even the professionals. The biggest change are two new forms: "1095-A," for people enrolled in... more »
  • Jindal says he'll suggest 'options' to reduce budget cuts

    January 28, 2015 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options" for lessening some of the slashing. The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts... more »
  • Panel divided on how to reform film tax credit program

    January 15, 2015 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say Louisiana's generous film incentive program could and should be better designed to get the state a bigger return on its investment. They say the most recent estimates costs taxpayers about $170 million a year. On that point there was general agreement among five opinionated... more »
  • Social Security won't seize tax refunds to collect old debts

    January 12, 2015 2:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds. Social Security suspended a debt collection program last spring in which thousands of people had their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments... more »
  • State lawmaker wants special session on budget, taxes

    January 6, 2015 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker from the Houma area wants his colleagues to convene a special legislative session to tackle Louisiana's continuing budget problems. Republican Rep. Joe Harrison sent a petition Tuesday to House and Senate members, asking for support to call a 14-day special session starting March 30.... more »
  • Old Perkins Road repairs, may hold some drivers up Play Video

    January 4, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Old Perkins Road will undergo construction this week, meaning at times the road will be down to one lane in each direction. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the project will begin Monday and go through Thursday. Lane closures will take place in the... more »
  • IRS says tax filing season to start Jan. 20

    December 29, 2014 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says taxpayers can start filing their 2014 tax returns on Jan. 20. The agency says tax season will start on time despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Earlier this month, Congress passed a bill extending more than 50... more »
  • La. police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls

    December 18, 2014 1:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse-racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking. After the New Year, the City Council will debate a proposed ban on... more »
  • Latest Louisiana tax amnesty period closes Friday

    November 14, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With a deadline looming, Louisiana's latest tax amnesty program was close to reaching its collection goal from delinquent taxpayers. The state's revenue forecasting panel was told Friday that as of midday, the program had collected $96 million. The program needed to bring in $100 million to keep... more »
  • Constitutional amendments explained Play Video

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Voters will have to consider 14 constitutional amendments when they hit the polls next Tuesday, and with a three-minute time limit behind the curtain it could prove difficult to tackle the ticket without some studying ahead of time. Some of the amendments only affect the New Orleans... more »
  • Congressman's corp. loses Texas charter over taxes

    October 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A business co-owned by U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister has lost its right to do business as a Texas corporation after missing deadlines to pay state franchise taxes. Chris Ryan with the Texas Comptroller's Office said Tuesday that Texas Coastal Energy Co. LLC could have its corporate charter... more »
  • LSU to monitor flight spending Play Video

    September 22, 2014 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is promising to monitor the purchase of plane tickets more carefully after an Inspector General's report showed the flagship university wasted $123,000 on unused airfare over the period of two-and-half years. The school wasn't the only state agency that was targeted in the report. The... more »

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