Louisiana no longer has nation’s highest average sales tax rate — by a nose

Louisiana no longer has the nation’s highest average sales tax rate — just barely losing that distinction to Tennessee. A new analysis released Monday from the Tax Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C.-based think tank, has found Louisiana’s average combined state and local sales tax rate is 9.45 percent, which puts it slightly below Tennessee’s 9.46 percent. […]

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco awarded for her service

Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards extolled the virtues of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco to the New Light Missionary Baptist Church Sunday, recounting a career of not only her government initiatives but her unpublicized individual acts of kindness. The four-term governor was so into his introduction that Edwards, who is known for liberal policies, lost track […]

Questions remain about Louisiana’s criminal justice overhaul funding

Some of the statewide advocates who were most involved in Louisiana’s criminal justice overhaul that passed last year are raising concerns about who will receive funding to assist with anti-incarceration efforts. Louisiana has about $8.5 million available to invest over the coming year in incarceration alternatives, inmate reentry, victim services, drug treatment, job training, life skills […]

La. task force to consider full reimbursement for flood-stricken homeowners

A state-run panel will decide Friday whether to make full compensation possible for thousands of Louisianans hit by floods in March and August 2016. The Restore Louisiana Task Force will vote on the proposal to grant homeowners 100 percent reimbursement, up from the current 50 percent. Approval would open an additional $110 million to more than 10,000 […]

AG Jeff Landry, joined by top Trump administration officials, guest hosts Acadiana radio show

Attorney General Jeff Landry is no stranger as a guest on conservative radio and television shows, but on Wednesday he slipped into the role of host and took over an Acadiana airwaves for two hours. “Hopefully it wasn’t too painful,” Landry joked in his thick Cajun accent to listeners as he wrapped up his stint […]

Alford: They said it (legislative edition)

“I’m going to have a drinking problem after this session.” “A dysfunctional family is still a family. That’s what we are.” “How can we ask Medicaid recipients to work when we won’t go to work?” Those are just some of the memorable one-liners made by Louisiana lawmakers during this year’s marathon run of regular and […]

Mary Landrieu, other red-state Democrats once backed Brett Kavanaugh; tougher fight for votes looms

When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh heads into confirmation hearings, it will be relatively familiar territory. President Donald Trump on Monday night tapped Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh went though a tough hearing a dozen years ago after President George W. Bush nominated him to the U.S. Circuit Court […]

Louisiana’s political lawmakers eye U.S. Supreme Court nominee to gauge his possible impact on state

While many high-profile national issues have taken the spotlight since President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, any shift in the makeup of the nation’s high court also will have an impact that trickles down to the Louisiana Legislature. Sports betting, internet sales taxes, teachers […]

Words like ‘bully,’ ‘mafia’ used by U.S. Sen. John Kennedy to describe Russia after trip there

A U.S. senator who just returned from a congressional trip to Russia warned against trusting President Vladimir Putin, saying that dealing with the Russian government is like “dealing with the mafia.” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., recently went with other GOP senators to see first-hand the Russian economy and meet with government officials. But the meetings, […]

‘LaPolitics:’ State House facing changes next term as well

With the 2019 election cycle approaching, special interests and party operatives that traditionally play in legislative contests are more confident than ever that big changes are coming to the Louisiana Legislature. Term limits alone will see to that. As of now, 34 representatives out of the 105-member state House are ineligible for re-election, as are […]