Month: July 2022

Link to theadvertiser.com Lafayette City Council to vote on $1M for new homeless shelter

Housing advocates have pushed for new shelter space since the pandemic. Lafayette lacks shelter beds and affordable housing.

Lafayette’s City Council may spend $1 million to help build a new shelter for people experiencing homelessness this month as the area’s unhoused population continues to grow. The Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing is set to receive $1 million in federal stimulus money from the city if the City Council approves Councilman Glenn Lazard’s bid to do so at its next meeting on July 19.

Source: The Daily Advertiser

Link to lailluminator.com Louisiana abortion ban in effect after judge moves case

“If you don’t like the laws of the states, you can move to one under which you like,” AG Jeff Landry told reporters after the decision. “That’s the greatness of America.”

A Orleans Parish judge has removed a temporary order blocking Louisiana’s ban on nearly all abortions from taking effect while moving a lawsuit that challenges the state’s abortion law to Baton Rouge. Judge Ethel Julien’s decision effectively closes the three clinics in Louisiana that provide abortion services.

Source: Louisiana Illuminator

Link to katc.com St. Martin Parish sues LCG in spoil banks case

A day after a federal judge dismissed LCG’s lawsuit against them, St. Martin Parish has filed suit over a controversial drainage project.

The Petition for Mandatory Injunction filed Wednesday in 16th Judicial District Court asks the court to order LCG to restore, replace and reconstruct” the spoil bank it “illegally” removed.

Source: KATC

Link to nola.com What happened to Louisiana’s economy? New data shows big slump.

Data from the first quarter of the year has UL economist Gary Wagner forecasting a bad situation getting worse for Louisiana’s economy: 

The state’s real gross domestic product fell by 4.3% on an annualized basis in the first quarter of this year, almost three times steeper than the U.S. economy. Only five other states posted a sharper contraction.

“It’s probably hard to imagine a report that’s worse right now,” said Gary Wagner, an economist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, who found declines in almost every state and many industries. “I think there’s a 50-50 chance we’re in a recession.”

Source: nola.com