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Southwest Daily News - Sulphur, LA
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Updated May 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM

A package of budget bills to finance state government operations in the 2015-16 fiscal year that begins July 1 was up for consideration, with lawmakers feeling a bit more upbeat about the budget situation than when they opened the legislative session in April.

Updated May 21, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Office of Motor Vehicles locations around Louisiana were unable to process transactions Thursday because of a fire at the state police data center.

Updated May 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced on Tuesday that he has filed a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities and their operators, who allegedly scammed more than $187 million from consumers throughout the country.

Updated May 19, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Following the Louisiana House Civil Law and Procedure Committee's decision today to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar, Governor Bobby Jindal issued an Executive Order to protect religious liberty and prevent the state...

Updated May 19, 2015 at 3:19 PM

Louisiana lawmakers have shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that critics said could sanction discrimination against same-sex couples.

Posted May 18, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Calcasieu agencies have joined more than 100 others state-wide in the annual initiative called Click It or Ticket. The nation-wide effort takes place annually around Memorial Day. This year’s campaign will run from May 18-31.

Posted May 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Budget-balancing remains the focal point for state lawmakers, who have yet to reach agreement on how to close a $1.6 billion shortfall as the June 11 end date of the legislative session grows nearer.

Updated May 12, 2015 at 9:26 AM

A coalition of state and national business groups hopes to deliver a death blow to organized labor in Louisiana, pushing an anti-union bill that would ban automatically deducting membership dues from the paychecks of government workers. Unionized...

Posted May 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM

The Louisiana House agreed Thursday to raise $670 million for next year's budget by scaling back tax break programs and raising cigarette taxes, diverging from Gov. Bobby Jindal's recommendations and still falling short of the budget-balancing goal.

Updated May 8, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Dardenne said that tourists spent more than $11 billion in Louisiana in 2014, which brought in $836 million in tax revenue alone.

Updated May 7, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Lawmakers in the Louisiana House are expecting a long debate Thursday as they consider a dozen tax changes in the hope of getting another $880 million to spend next year to stave off deep cuts to colleges and health services.

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