State selects same company it originally turned down to handle homeowner rebuilding
Posted on 4/13/2017 1:48:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
The state has selected the same contractor it had originally denied to handle the federal flood aid program. The details still need to be hammered out, according to the governor's Deputy Chief of Staff, Julie Baxter Payer, but it looks like IEM will be the lead on helping homeowners rebuild.
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HUD has released $1.6 billion in flood recovery dollars to the state
Posted on 4/10/2017 6:24:00 PM.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted Louisiana access to start dispensing $1.6 billion to flooded homeowners in federal aid. Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor Julie Baxter Payer says this will finally allow the state to move forward with recovery plans.
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Flooded homeowners asked to fill out online survey for assistance
Posted on 4/8/2017 4:34:00 PM.

Starting Monday, flood impacted homeowners will be asked to fill out a survey to see if they qualify for federal assistance. The Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Julie Baxter Payer, says this is an important first step for homeowners who were affected by the March and August 2016 floods. 
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State reopens bids for companies to oversee homeowner assistance program
Posted on 3/18/2017 5:58:00 AM.

The Office of Community Development is seeking new offers from firms that can oversee the homeowner assistance program for flood victims. The Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Julie Baxter Payer, says this will not delay financial assistance for those who need it. She says they’re reopening the bidding process, because they weren’t pleased with the initial offers.
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St. Joe in Tensas Parish to get brand new water system
Posted on 3/6/2017 1:41:00 PM.
The town of St. Joseph is finally getting a brand new water system and Governor John Bel Edwards was on hand today for the groundbreaking. Deputy Chief of Staff Julie Baxter Payer says this was a very important milestone for the Tensas Parish town.
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HUD approves state's plan for spending $438M in federal flood aid
Posted on 2/17/2017 10:21:00 AM.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the state’s plan for spending the first $438 million approved for Louisiana flood recovery. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Julie Baxter Payer says the next step is for HUD to do grant agreements and open a line of credit for the state.
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Restore Louisiana Task Force approves plan to spend flood recovery dollars
Posted on 1/21/2017 7:52:00 AM.

The Restore Louisiana Task Force approves a proposal for how to spend $1.2 billion in federal flood aid allocated by Congress. Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office, Julie Baxter Payer, says $938 million will go towards rebuilding and repairing flooded homes.
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Restore Louisiana Task Force meets to discuss disaster aid distribution
Posted on 11/18/2016 1:37:00 AM.

The Restore Louisiana Task force meets today to discuss how they will distribute the first round of federal disaster aid for flood victims. Congress approved 438 million dollars worth of assistance for Louisiana.
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State leaders discuss ways to improve community relations with police
Posted on 10/19/2016 12:28:00 PM.

Law enforcement, elected officials, and the public gathered at the House Judiciary Committee meeting today to discuss ways to improve community relations with police. Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office, Julie Baxter Payer says it’s important to have more community involvement in policy changes. She says they are looking at more training and education for law enforcement.
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State and federal officials defend Shelter at Home program
Posted on 9/23/2016 4:07:00 AM.

State and federal officials are defending the Shelter at Home program after there have been complaints that the jobs aren’t done to the flood victim’s satisfaction. Deputy Chief of Staff with the Governor’s Office Julie Baxter Payer says the Shelter at Home program is for temporary basic repair.
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