A state board votes to give proposed LNG facility a massive tax break
Posted on 12/14/2018 2:32:00 PM.
The state Board of Commerce and Industry agrees to give a developer planning to build a massive liquefied natural gas export facility in Calcasieu Parish a tax break that could eventually reach two-billion dollars. The advocacy group, Together Louisiana, objected. Broderick Bagert says local government taxing bodies did not give residents enough information about their pending votes.
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Research estimates over 1.5 million Louisiana residents to be owed tax refund
Posted on 12/14/2018 11:56:00 AM.

Tax season is here, and for some, that means tax refunds. According to research by financial technology company SmartAsset, just over 1.5 million taxpayers in the state will be owed a refund, with the average being right around $3,300. VP of Financial Education at SmartAsset AJ Smith said refunds are based on allowances and how much someone is claiming throughout the year.

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Obamacare signups down 10 percent
Posted on 12/14/2018 11:45:00 AM.

Despite lower premiums, Obamacare individual market signups are down 10 percent in Louisiana on the eve of the December 15th deadline for enrollment. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says proponents of Obamacare are pointing towards a lower investment in advertising for the service, but he thinks locally there’s a more obvious answer.

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Report: Louisiana 2nd highest rate of food insecurity and plagued by food deserts
Posted on 12/14/2018 4:21:00 AM.

A report out of Loyola University in New Orleans says Louisiana has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the country, a result of the state’s substantial poverty rate, and proliferation of food deserts where residents don’t have access to, or can't afford healthy food. Jesuit Social Research Institute Director Father Fred Kammer says food deserts can be found in urban and rural areas.

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Former Rep. Charles Boustany calls for immediate end to chinese trade war
Posted on 12/14/2018 2:34:00 AM.

Former Congressman Charles Boustany says the trade war with China is failing, and Louisiana taxpayers have paid so far an additional 85-million dollars in additional tariffs, 19-million dollars in October alone. Boustany says the trade war is a hurricane, and we’re starting to feel the first bands of bad economic weather.

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Louisiana ranked #50 in national health rankings
Posted on 12/13/2018 9:41:00 PM.

For the 13th time since 1990, Louisiana has been ranked 50th in America’s health rankings. The state has never been higher than 47. Thirty-five different areas of health are factored in to determine the overall ranking. Dr. Rhonda Randall with the United Health Foundation said among the areas of concern, child poverty, where Louisiana ranks last.

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