Congressman Troy Carter says the new Inflation Reduction Act will help efforts to protect Louisiana’s sinking coastline. He told Marsanne Golsby it’s not too late to act.
The state Bond Commission continues to block 39-million dollars in funding for the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. Jeff Palermo has the story…
Congressman Troy Carter was the only member of Louisiana’s congressional delegation to vote for the Inflation Reduction Act, which President Biden signed into law Tuesday. The law aims to fight the climate crisis by investing in alternative energy and reducing carbon emissions by 40-percent by 2030. We asked him if it’s too late for Louisiana’s coastline.
Carter says the new law represents the biggest investment in climate action in the nation’s history. He says the $370 billion in investments will lower energy costs and increase clean energy production.
The new law stashes twenty billion dollars in a green bank for investments in clean energy projects, especially in poor neighbors, and another nearly fifteen billion in grants for environmental monitoring. Carter says he personally fought hard for that money.
More than $36 million in state tax returns is due to be turned over to Unclaimed Property, but the Louisiana Department of Revenue is urging the some 20 thousand individuals and businesses to contact them before October. LDR spokesperson Byron Henderson…
Henderson says they want to alert those individuals and businesses who have unclaimed tax returns to be on the lookout for a letter.
As to why the tax returns have yet to be claimed, Henderson says there are a variety of reasons, for example, they’ve moved since their last return was filed. He says LDR retains those claims and after a certain time period they are turned over to Unclaimed Property.
To receive your return just follow the instructions in the LDR Notice of Unclaimed Property letter dated August 18th.
For the second consecutive month, the state Bond Commission has voted to delay a 39-million dollar future line of credit for the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. Attorney General Jeff Landry they says they want city leaders to explain their stance that it will not enforce the state’s new abortion ban law…..
Lobbyist Paul Rainwater spoke on behalf of the city. Rainwater made the case that this funding is critical to complete a project that would reduce street flooding in New Orleans….
Seven to six was the vote in favor of delaying the funding, which would not be made available until at least 2023. The no votes came from representatives of the Edwards Administration and state senators like Jimmy Harris, who claims Landry is playing politics with future financing that can help 384-thousand people…
But Landry says elected officials should not be able to put out a statement saying they will not follow a state law and not face repercussions
The money is for a new power station to improve the state’s pumping capability.
To help with the ongoing teacher shortage, a new law allows retired Louisiana-certified teachers to return to the classroom, keep their retirement, and draw full pay. President of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendent Mike Faulk says it affects teachers who retired from 2010 to June 30, 2020.
Faulk admits while the number of retired instructors who’ve returned to the classroom is not significant so far, he says they are seeing retirees in larger metropolitan areas teaching again versus those in rural school districts.
If you’re a retired teacher and interested in the possibility of teaching again Faulk recommends calling the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana.
In light of the new law, Faulk says there’s much more that needs to be done to address the ongoing shortage.