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July 15, 2021

With Local ARPA Funds, Louisiana’s Advocates Can Build a Lasting Recovery

The first tranche of American Rescue Plan Act dollars have started making their way into state and local government coffers – and while the Louisiana Legislature has already appropriated approximately $1.6 billion of its expected $3 billion from the Rescue Plan, parish and municipal governments have only just begun conversations about how to spend their shares.… Read more...

June 28, 2021

2021 Louisiana legislative session: A return to (somewhat) normal

Federal pandemic relief dollars lessened the pressure on the state budget and allowed the Legislature to make important new investments in education, including a much-needed boost to the Go Grants program that will make college more affordable for low-income students and the creation of the M.J.… Read more...

June 3, 2021

Louisiana can protect pregnant workers through SB 215

Too often women are forced to make an impossible choice between a healthy pregnancy and providing for their families. Louisiana lawmakers have an opportunity to support women, their families and businesses through Senate Bill 215 by Sen. Regina Barrow. This bill requires companies with 25 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant and postpartum workers unless it causes undue hardship for the business. … Read more...

June 2, 2021

Brief: House Bill 514 – Sales tax extension

Summary: House Bill 514 proposes to shift nearly $400 million a year from the state general fund – where it supports public education, health care and other important state services – into the state Transportation Trust Fund to pay for infrastructure projects.… Read more...