With just 55 hours remaining before Thursday’s 6 p.m. deadline for this session, the Senate in short order Tuesday morning duly and unanimously rejected the House-amended versions of the sports betting and mandatory kindergarten bills at the request of their authors.
Sprinting for the finish, the Senate blazed through some thorny legislation on marijuana, abortion rights and vaccine ‘anti-discrimination.’
Efforts to overhaul Louisiana’s tax system have picked up steam with little time to waste. Other bills are withering.
Mandatory kindergarten at age 5 and the perennial argument over whether Louisiana is getting its $180-million-a-year’s worth from movie business tax credits consumed over an hour of debate each.
Over the next month, The Current will host a series of Listening Sessions with folks on the front lines. We want to bring together people with different, even opposing, views to dig deeper into this important discussion.
The project fills a big hole on the Evangeline Thruway. Years of bad headlines and disinvestment have made the region a tough sell, and local officials hope news like this can polish the area’s image and attract investment down the line.
Here’s a selection of items on the agendas for this week’s meetings of the city and parish councils.
A generational challenge has no easy solutions. But there are opportunities to pivot using what we already have at our disposal.
Few will admit it out loud: What has been Lafayette’s most important economic sector will likely never recover the ground it lost.
A generational shift that raises an important question: How can we replace the jobs we’ve already lost and those we stand to lose in the future?
A strong library system is essential to the growth of Lafayette. So rather than shrink library services, the city-parish government and the library board need to sit down with industry, education, tourism, the arts, and law enforcement, and explain what the library does for each of them.
This is problematic for two reasons. One, it suggests that people in our community really are having trouble making ends meet. Two, it harms our economic competitiveness as it relates to being able to retain our best and brightest.