(The Center Square) – Jailing people who have not been convicted of a crime costs Louisiana taxpayers almost $290 million annually, according to a report made public Friday.
(The Center Square) – Louisiana’s state school board is asking for an $80 million funding increase from state government for the 2020-2021 school year.
Some voices were raised Thursday night, both for and against allowing roughly 1.75 miles of road into parish's maintenance program.
(The Center Square) – Two Louisiana nonprofits are touting a package of bills they say would promote “fair” districts and election integrity.
For many in Denham Springs who are active on social media, it's been the talk of the town - especially for residents near the downtown area.
(The Center Square) – Louisiana legislators on Monday gave final approval to more than $1 billion worth of infrastructure projects that are supposed to go forward if and when enough money is available.
On the first day of the 2020 legislative session Monday, the first session of his second term, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards stressed “investments in education at every level” during his State of the State address.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has questioned billions of dollars in Medicaid payments that the health department says complied fully with state and federal rules.
Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin hopes to acquire electronic voting machines that also record votes on paper, though he said this year’s elections will be secure even without a paper trail.
A new federal rule requiring able-bodied food assistance recipients to find work or face limited benefits will affect less than 4 percent of Louisiana’s recipients, a state agency says.
The first phase of Louisiana’s transition to a new voting system will cost about $12 million, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said.
Recently elected, freshman state representative Buddy Mincey Jr. speaks to a crowd of school board officials at the Livingston Parish STEM center regarding his thoughts on the upcoming session. Mincey is a former school board member for the Denham Springs area.
As they consider bills during legislative sessions, Louisiana lawmakers depend on the Legislative Fiscal Office to tell them how much a proposed law is likely to cost.
There’s a large amount of roads in Livingston Parish that have had the traffic count surpass the volume capability of the highway or thoroughfare.
Schexnayder told a crowd of about 30 to "expect a different kind of session." The legislative endeavor begins Monday, Mar. 9 with Governor John Bel Edwards' remarks. The representative from Gonzales said that there's an energy about this session that he hasn't seen before, and he's hoping to…
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling for a $10 minimum wage in Louisiana, renewing an effort to raise the state’s pay floor that has been stymied since the beginning of his first term.
There haven't been many Louisiana Speakers of the House of Representatives elected from the capital region.
The combined average local and state sales tax rate in Louisiana is 9.52 as of Jan. 1, which is the second highest rate among the 50 states, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation.
The parish council is trying everything they can to stop a development on Buddy Ellis Road from receiving a property tax exemption.
Friday was the last day Louisiana legislators could pre-file bills for the session that starts March 9, and as expected, numerous measures addressing the state’s legal system and auto insurance rates have been proposed.
Growth of Louisiana’s unemployment trust fund could lower the tax bills of state employers, though many businesses are not paying their share, officials said Friday.
Louisiana’s constitution has been amended more than 300 times since it was adopted in 1974, so it’s no surprise state legislators have proposed close to two dozen amendments to be considered at this year’s session, which begins March 9.
It was a tough pill to swallow when the parish discovered they would be financially liable for a service for which they believed they'd receive help.
State Representative Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, met international diplomats to discuss human trafficking legislation, specifically HB 1105 of Louisiana’s 2014 Regular Session. The five countries represented were Greece, Brazil, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, and Denmark.
The parish is going to take another shot at a disaster response protocol, which also includes management of substantial damage inspections in a post-disaster scenario.
The federal government has approved Louisiana’s plan for spending $1.2 billion to reduce flood risk in the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday.
Congressman Garret Graves, a Baton Rouge native, represents Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Louisiana state government’s internal review of its decision to scrap Medicaid contracts worth billions of dollars won’t be finished until mid-March at the earliest, though the controversy is likely to go on much longer.
It's been a long break for the parish council, but the crew returns Thursday after a long break due to the Police Jury Association convention, which postponed their second meeting of the month.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will ask legislators to dedicate $115 million of the $535 million state surplus to coastal restoration and protection projects.
The board that oversees public higher education in Louisiana on Wednesday agreed to allow financial penalties for universities that violate board-mandated admissions standards.
The Honorable Jerry Denton, Denham Springs City Court Judge, and Denham Springs City Marshal Joe Shumate will provide an amnesty program beginning Mar. 2 and running through Mar. 13, 2020 for any outstanding bench warrants.
While officials are monitoring flood conditions along the Mississippi River, the water levels are not expected to rival last year’s record-setting flood fight.
While the weather wasn't cooperative Wednesday morning, Feb. 19, that didn't stop a campaign bid for re-election this upcoming fall from hitting the ground running.
When it comes to government spending, Louisiana generally ranks pretty close to the middle of the pack among states, according to a new Legislative Fiscal Office analysis.
The Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation, a project of the fiscally conservative New Orleans-based Pelican Institute, has issued a paper urging policymakers to adopt a “light regulatory touch” with emerging technologies.
Louisiana will be the only state in the nation that won’t keep any paper records of ballots cast on Election Day this fall, according to a new report.
Over the past month, several Livingston Parish boards have spoken out against a specific development receiving a tax exemption. The boards were not against the development itself, but the proposed property tax exemption.
Groups calling for an overhaul of Louisiana’s legal system say “excessive” litigation costs subtract $1.9 billion from the state’s annual economic output, leading to the loss of 19,794 jobs and a per-person “tort tax” of $417.72.
It had been roughly 18 months since the parish council passed a controversial ordinance surrounding ingress and egress into subdivisions.