Senator Boudreaux’s Father’s Day Reflections

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Senator Boudreaux was featured in Faith and Soul, a news magazine that focuses on “Refreshing the mind, body, and spirit.” This Father’s Day, Senator Boudreaux reflects on what it means to be a father:
“Father’s Day allows us to honor and celebrate with the individuals that have served as the head of the house and made the necessary sacrifices for their daughters, sons and the entire family. We look to our father as a role model and for his strength during difficult times. I challenge those who are blessed to still have their fathers, and I ask them to reach out on this special day with an expression of love and gratitude. And for those of us who will not be able to physically touch our fathers, we pause during the day and reflect on the memories and the positive impact our dad had on us individually and collectively as a family.” 
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Senator Boudreaux: 2017 Summer Intern

20170608_131756 Senator Boudreaux of District 24 hosts Jacob Hawkins from the Academy of Business as his Summer 2017 intern. Mr. Hawkins has accompanied Senator Boudreaux in completing a number of Legislative duties, which include monitoring house and senate bills, retrieving and reporting on fiscal notes, reviewing weekly Senate workload, retrieving video archives for review and summarization, and learning to interact with and communicate with constituents. 20170608_132358 20170608_143433

Sickle Cell Warrior Blood and Community Drive

EXHIBITIONJoin us for the 3rd Annual Sickle Cell Warrior Blood and Community Drive, which will be held at the South City Park in Opelousas on June 24th. The Drive will begin with a Walk for Sickle Cell Warriors starting at 9:00 am and will be followed by a Family Fun Day from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. There will also be LIVE entertainment, including Dancers, a DJ, Guest Speakers and so much more! For more information, you can contact Don Vallien at 337-331-5558.

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Flooded in 2016?

Due to recent flooding of 2016 in South Louisiana, The Restore Louisiana Homeowner’s Assistance Program has released a survey for victims to begin receiving assistance in repairing and restoring their damaged homes as well as obtaining reimbursements for work already completed following the flood.Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 1.13.15 PM

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center – Improving Care in Our Communities

 

“When you’re healthy, you’re productive…We want a productive, active community. But in order to have that, people have to be healthy.”

We’d like to highlight Our Lady of Lourdes that has provided the homeless and many others exemplary service through the St. Bernadette Clinic. Watch as we ask local Amos Ratliff about his personal experience with the clinic.

Sen. Boudreaux Supports Families with Disabilities

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Senator Gerald Boudreaux attended the Legislative Roundtable Breakfast hosted by Louisiana’s Council Advocacy Network at the Lafayette Public Library located at 301 W. Congress St. Lafayette, La 70501.

He was educated by members of the community on funding for home and community-based services as well as equitable funding for public school systems in the 2017-2018 state budget.

The event focused on highlighting the concerns of parents, self-advocates, community leaders, and other education advocates on living with and working with individuals with disabilities and their families. The event also focused on helping Sen. Boudreaux better understand the funding formula used for traditional public schools.

Sen. Boudreaux was very pleased to meet with the community and get more insight into their concerns on this matter.

Government by God’s Design Bible Study

Government by God’s Design, a project of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, will be hosting a four-part Bible study to help Christians involved in the political process to honor God in government. The biblical meeting will be non-partisan and non-denominational study.

Each two-hour session includes Biblical teaching, videos, and activities designed to provide information and application related to our current political environment.

The sessions will be held on Sunday, January 29; Sunday, February 5; Sunday, February 12; and Sunday, February 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church located at 1801 Second Ave. in Lake Charles, La.

All bible study materials are provided at no charge.

Senator Boudreaux encourages all elected officials, candidates, or any other Christians involved in the political process to participate in this event.

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Lafayette Parish School Board to Authorize a Sales and Use Tax

On January 11, 2017, the Lafayette Parish School Board voted to use sales tax, instead of property tax, to fund facility improvements. The board hasn’t called a public election of the sales tax, but plans to sort out all details in the following meetings.

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., the board will hold a meeting to consider adopting a resolution ordering and calling a special election to be held in the Parish of Lafayette, La to authorize the levy of sales and use tax therein. The meeting will be located at the Lafayette Parish School Board Administrative Building Board at 113 Chaplin Drive.

On Monday, February 20, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., the board will hold a meeting with the Mayor and City Council of the City of Carencro, La with plans to adopt an ordinance providing for the levy of a 1% sales and use tax – pursuant to voter authorization at the December 10, 2016 election. The meeting will be held at City Hall located at 210 E. St. Peter Street.

Sen. Boudreaux finds it very pertinent to make sure the people in his district are informed.

Celebrating MLK Day!

The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee of Lafayette presents Living the Dream: “Uplifting Ourselves through Faith”. This year’s MLK Weekend festivities offers a host of educational, cultural, and entertaining events that are sure to bring our community together to celebrate the life of Dr. King and the movement he started. Below you will find a schedule of events happening on Monday, January 16th at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center.

 

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I hope to see you sometime this weekend! Should you have any questions about the events of this weekend, call my office and we should be able to provide answers!

 

 

Lafayette Office

Legislative Assistant: Phyllis Angelle Roy

Phone: 337.267.7520

 

Opelousas Office

Director of Operations: Anthony Daniel

Phone: 337.948.0306

Important Information as Tax Season Approaches

For immediate release by the Louisiana Department of Revenue:

Louisiana state income tax filing begins Monday, January 23

Enhanced security measures in place to protect taxpayers from fraud

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) will begin accepting 2016 state individual income tax returns on Monday, January 23, the same date that the IRS begins accepting federal returns. On that date, LDR will begin accepting returns filed electronically at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline and through third-party commercial software, along with paper returns submitted in person and through the mail.

 

Also on January 23, taxpayers can begin downloading paper tax forms from the LDR website, but all taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically for the fastest, most error-free return processing.

 

The state individual income tax filing deadline is Monday, May 15.

 

LDR begins this tax season with a focus on protecting taxpayers and state government against fraud.

 

Over the past three years, LDR has saved taxpayers more than $50 million through its tax fraud prevention initiative, with millions more recovered through restitution. Dozens of fraud suspects have been arrested.

 

The enhanced security measures in place to detect and stop fraud have increased the time it takes to process tax refunds. For returns filed electronically, refund processing could take as long as 60 days in some cases. Some taxpayers filing paper returns could wait as long as 14 weeks for their refunds.

 

Additional and unnecessary refund delays can be expected if taxpayers fail to keep their most current contact information on file with LDR, including name, address and telephone number. Taxpayers who have moved in the past year, including those displaced by the 2016 floods, should visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/addresschange.

 

Tips for Taxpayers

 

LDR recommends the following steps to ensure the fastest, most accurate tax return and refund processing:

 

  • File electronically – The expected refund processing time for returns filed electronically is up to 60 days; for paper returns, expect to wait 12 to 14 weeks.
  • Taxpayers should update personal information if their name or address changed during the tax year.
  • Double-check return information – Ensure that all Social Security numbers and tax computations are correct, and that all names and Social Security numbers are in the same order as previous years. Math errors and incorrect tax-table information are leading causes of delayed refunds.
  • Include all supporting information such as W-2s; use paperclips, not staples, if filing a paper return.
  • Apply for extensions in a timely manner – Extension requests must be filed electronically no later than the May 15 income tax filing deadline.
  • If additional tax is due, include the remittance coupon to ensure proper payment posting.
  • Make checks or money orders payable to the Louisiana Department of Revenue; do not send cash.
  • If filing a paper return, attach the proper label to the mailing envelope.

 

Basic tips for ensuring a proper return filed by a reputable tax preparer:

 

  • Try to find a preparer who will be around to answer questions after the return has been filed.
  • Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the amount of the refund or who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers without first reviewing your returns.
  • Review and ask questions before signing a return.
  • Ask others that you know who have used that preparer if they were satisfied with the services that they received.
  • Ask any preparer that you are considering for references.
  • Ask and verify if the preparer belongs to a professional organization that requires its members to pursue continuing education and also holds them accountable to a code of ethics.
  • Always question entries on your return that you don’t understand.
  • Never sign a blank return.
  • Insist that the preparer sign the return and provide his appropriate information on the return.
  • The preparer should meet with the taxpayer and go over the return before it is filed.
  • Taxpayers should be provided a copy of their return before it is filed.
  • Pay attention to media reports of persons who have been convicted of tax fraud.
  • Taxpayers should be aware that the information that they provide to their preparer could be used to commit identity theft by an unscrupulous preparer.

 

For more information, contact:

Byron Henderson – Director of Public Information, Louisiana Department of Revenue

Email: [email protected]

Office: (225) 219-2156