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Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
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What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
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Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
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Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
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It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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The governor's tax reform proposal includes the possibility of doing away with state income tax. Well, suppose you have a tax credits or exemption coming to you on your state income taxes? Would you still get it if there's no state income tax?
"When it comes to politics, if you're not at the table, you're on the menu. So, if you don't want to be on the menu, now's your chance,"said David Duplechain, with the Jeff Davis Business Alliance.
Members gathered to discuss legislative issues with State Senator Dan "Blade" Morrish, R-Jennings, and Representative Johnny Guinn, R-Jennings.
The lawmakers had breakfast with the Jeff Davis Business Alliance and spoke about the issues ranging from budget balancing to tax reform.
Said Guinn, "It's going to be a very contentious session. I'm not necessarily sold on the idea that income tax swap for sales tax is a good idea."
Morrish discussed the difficulties they face in balancing the budget.
"In the governor's budget, he claims there are no cuts to higher education. Well, there are cuts to higher education. They're offset by a tuition increase," said Morrish.
Another issue related to tax reform and raising revenue -- all those special interest credits and exemptions. Morrish said they'll probably get rid of some.
"We have the highest credit for solar in the United States. And so, I think we're looking at cutting that. It's been pretty expensive to the state," said Morrish.
Yet, if state income tax is done away with, then what happens to the credits people can claim?
Said Morrish, " If we do away with the state income tax, how do you get that credit if you've earned it?" Credits such as the one homeowners get for citizens property insurance, he said.
Another issue: What's coming in 2014 as far as access to health care in the state? Morrish said we're going to hear the issue of Medicaid expansion and the insurance exchanges which are a part of Obamacare.
"As you know, Governor Jindal and the Louisiana Legislature have decided we're not going to create our own insurance exchange, that we will use the federal exchange; and Governor Jindal has also decided he's not going to participate in Medicaid expansion," said Morrish.
They are issues to be taken up at a Joint Senate & House Insurance Committee meeting in Baton Rouge. That committee meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Baton Rouge.