Wildlife and Fisheries Accepting New Cadets

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 23 cadets in September of 2016 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field. The cadets will train at the department’s training facility housed within the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. Successful completion of six months of intensive physical and academic training is required to graduate.

 

The opening dates that applications will be accepted for the “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” position will be from June 6 to 30.

 

“We are looking for men and women who have a love for the outdoors, want to enforce conservation laws and can make it through a demanding six months of training,” said LDWF Col. Joey Broussard, head of the Law Enforcement Division.

 

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state’s recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws, and general law enforcement work on the state’s many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training required for all state law enforcement officers. Agents are additionally trained for search and rescue and serve as the lead responders in search and rescue coordination under the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

 

Requirements:

-Must have attained 18th birthday at time of application.
-Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment.
-An applicant who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or a felony, or who is under indictment on a felony charge will be disqualified until relief from the disabilities imposed by state and federal laws is granted.

 

Contact:  Phyllis Roy, Phone: 337-267-7520

Advancements in Education Amid Budget Cuts

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This year, Louisiana education systems at every level have dealt with significant budget cuts and various obstacles. However, there are some happy endings coming from the legislature regarding education. Thrive Academy is Louisiana’s first public boarding school for at-risk youth and is located in Baton Rouge. This past regular session, the legislature passed HB 887, which provided for the funding and governance of the Thrive Academy. Because of this measure, at-risk children will now have opportunities they did not have previously to succeed and contribute to our state.

 

Thrive Academy Executive Director Sarah Broome wrote to me, “I know this has been a particularly difficult session and I am so grateful that our bill did not get lost in the chaos.” Louisiana’s children deserve better than to be “lost in the chaos.” I will continue to serve Louisiana’s citizens and fight for the educational rights of our future.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Thrive Academy and what they do to provide educational opportunities to the youth of Louisiana, click here.

Special Legislative Session Begins

The second special legislative session of the year began this week to address the $600 million budget shortfall we are still facing. Your government is no longer “kicking the can” down the road. We are making the hard decisions we have to make now so our state can be better off. While all the problems in our state cannot be fixed in a two week period, we are not simply looking for “quick fixes” that will ultimately bring more problems to our state. You should not have to come to Baton Rouge to beg for your government to take care of your needs. As always, I am fighting for you and our state. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as the future of our state is being decided in the coming weeks.

 

To hear more about the start of our legislative session, visit KATC’s website by clicking here.

Louisiana Launches Expanded Medicaid Program

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June 1st began an historic time in Louisiana history. Enrollment under our state’s newly expanded Medicaid program has begun, and thanks to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ efforts – and the efforts of other elected officials – more than 375,000 people will have access to life-saving preventive care. This is a step in the right direction for our state. In addition to allowing people to access necessary care that they couldn’t before, Medicaid expansion will improve our economy by improving the health of our workforce. The program is also estimated to save Louisiana $184 million, which would be a tremendous help to our struggling state budget.

McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Dedicates Mural

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On May 25, the McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie held a dedication of the mural that was painted onto Kirk’s U-Needa-Butcher. The mural was painted onto the building in October of 2015 by artist Adrian Fulton through the Downtown Lafayette’s “Creativity Everywhere” grant.  The mural, entitled “The Local Legends Wall”, depicts the faces of nine community leaders from the McComb-Veazey neighborhood.

The dedication was a celebration of the lives of local community legends, including civil rights icon Helma Constantine, community activist Joe Dennis, the Rev. Anthony Bourges, middle school founder Paul Breaux, Dolly Mae Broussard, Syrie Funeral Home founder Carol Syrie, former Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Association president Doremus Dorsey, educator W.D. Smith, and Rita Thibodeaux.

Read the full story from The Advertiser here.

Senator Boudreaux Hosts Workshop for Childcare Professionals

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Senator Gerald Boudreaux hosted a workshop on May 10, 2016, to discuss the process and support staff in place that will assist daycare centers that participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Ms. Christine Duay, Director of Early Childhood for the Lafayette Parish School System, along with Ms. Paula Granger, Child Care Resource & Referral Agency, were the subject matter exports at the workshop. They explained the reasons for the implementation of the new system and emphasized that accountability (Act 3) and an education path was needed to prepare children from birth to five years old. Senator Boudreaux commended Christine and Paula on an excellent presentation and the resources that are available to the community. Ms. Denise Lavergne, TLC Creative Blessings Daycare, offered to take what she’s learned from the workshop and bring it back to other day care owners in St. Landry Parish.

Kick Butts Day 2016

GBouThanksI am proud to stand among these students as they rallied in front of the capitol in conjunction with ‘Kick Butts Day” on March 16, 2016. This event promotes awareness for a tobacco-free lifestyle amongst kids, their peers and policymakers. It’s truly a blessing to see such confidence in children at such a young age. Read the full article on The Daily Advertiser here.

Update: State Tax Changes

State tax changes in effect today, Friday, April 1st 2016

BATON ROUGE- Numerous changes to Louisiana’s tax laws, passed this year during a special session of the Louisiana Legislature, went into effect on today, Friday, April 1st 2016.

Taxes affected by the changes include the state sales tax. Acts 25 and 26 of the 2016 First Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature remove or restrict certain exemptions from the 4 percent state sales tax, make certain new transactions taxable, and add a penny of sales tax to certain taxable transactions.

Beginning April 1:

  •  A new one-cent sales and use tax takes effect, increasing the state sales tax from four cents to five cents; the extra penny remains in effect until June 30, 2018, in most cases, but expires on July 1, 2016, for manufacturing equipment and machinery.
  • Most current exemptions and exclusions on the 4 percent state sales tax are eliminated; all exclusions will be restored by July 1, 2018.
  • An automobile rental tax, which had expired, is reinstated on gross proceeds at the combined rate of 2.5 percent (state) and 0.5 percent (local).
  • A hotel tax, with revenue flowing to local governments, is expanded to include short-term rentals at residential locations such as houses, apartments and condominiums.
  • Sales made in Louisiana by dealers outside the state (such as over the Internet) are subject to the collection and remittance of sales and use tax.
  • The excise tax on cigarettes increases to $1.08.
  • The excise tax on alcoholic beverages increases to:
    •  Liquor – $0.80 per liter
    •  Sparkling wine – $0.55 per liter
    •  Still wines with 14-24 percent alcoholic volume – $0.35 per liter
    •  Still wines with more than 24 percent alcoholic volume – $0.55 per liter
    •  Malt beverages – $12.50 per barrel
    •  Low alcoholic content beverages – $12.50 per barrel
  • A discount for accurately reporting and remitting excise taxes on certain tobacco products is reduced from 6 percent to 5 percent.
  • A discount for accurately reporting and remitting excises taxes on alcoholic beverages and beer is reduced from 2 percent to 1.5 percent for low-content beverages; and from 3.3 percent to 2.5 percent for high-content beverages.
  • Membership fees or dues paid to a nonprofit, civic organization which provides access to clubs or the privilege of having access to amusement, entertainment, athletic, or recreational facilities are subject to state sales tax.

For more information on these changes, read:

*   Revenue Information Bulletin 16-008: Notification of Changes in Tobacco Tax Laws Effective April 1, 2016; View Here.

*   Revenue Information Bulletin 16-009:Notification of Changes in the Alcohol Tax Laws Effective April 1, 2016; View Here.

*   Revenue Information Bulletin 16-012: State Sales Tax Exemptions and Exclusions Applicable to La. R.S. 47:302, 321 and 331; View Here.

*   Revenue Information Bulletin 16-013: Imposition of a New One-Cent Sales and Use Tax; View Here.

*   Revenue Information Bulletin 16-014: Taxability of Dues Paid to Nonprofit, Civic Organizations Which Entitle the Member to Receive Access to Clubs or the Privilege of Having Access to or the Use of Amusement, Entertainment, Athletic, or Recreational Facilities; View Here

*   Acts 25 and 26 ­ Taxable Rate of Transactions for Exemptions and Exclusions; View Here

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