According to AAA, in 2019, Louisiana households spent about 13% of their income filling up at the pump. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says there were savings compared to 2018 as households saved nearly $46 a month.
While prices saw an uptick earlier in 2020 due to concerns over an Iranian conflict, Redman says coronavirus fears are driving prices down again.
Fears from the Coronavirus could roll over into putting dents into Louisiana’s tourism industry. UNO Professor of Economics Dr. Janet Speyrer says markets have taken a hit as a result of the threat and some economists are forecasting the possibility of the coronavirus pressing the US economy into a recession, so people will be making cuts to their leisure spending.
Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans scores a 2.6 million dollar grant to help expand capacity. The money was won in part because of the work of Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves, who sits on the House Subcommittee on Aviation. Graves says it’s some vital funding.
Louis has received nearly ten million dollars in grants since November of last year.
New Orleans State Senator Troy Carter files a bill that will ban “hate-related” throws at Mardi Gras parades. When Carter learned a young boy caught a throw, which was a caricature of a black man holding a watermelon with a noose around his neck, less than two weeks later he filed the bill for the session that opens March 9th.
If the person cannot be identified, then the organization will be fined for the offense, which starts at 2,000 dollars.