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Deron Santiny and daughter Haley Fox will walk in tandem during the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Spring 2017 Commencement ceremonies. Santiny, 46, and Fox, 23, both of Lafayette, will each earn a bachelor’s degree in general studies from University College on Friday. (Photo by Doug Dugas/University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Father, daughter share UL Lafayette commencement spotlight

Father, daughter share UL Lafayette Commencement spotlight

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot, left, and Jack Burson, alderman at-large, look over paperwork prior to Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Aldermen at City Hall. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Aldermen vote to restore millage rates

Eunice aldermen voted to roll forward two millage rates — one for streets and the other for the general fund — at a meeting Tuesday.
The millage rates were among ordinances presented at a public hearing prior to the Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall.
The general alimony property tax millage will increase from 6.59 to 6.77 mills this year. The general alimony tax is set by the state constitution and is not subject to a vote.

An overlay of La. 367 from U.S. 190 to La. 370 is one of the projects that might be funded if an additional tax of 17 cent per gallon of gas is collected to a recent report. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Report touts transportation projects possible with gas tax hike

As legislators are considering a proposal to raise the state’s fuel tax by 17 cents a gallon, a report outlined the state’s transportation infrastructure needs.
The 17 cents would generate about $510 million in annual recurring revenue, according to a report from the Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment.
The report recommends $700 million in additional annual funding. However, the report stated the $510 million if indexed properly would be enough revenue to meet the state’s needs.”

Lawmakers take aim at drug pricing

A set of bills moving through the state Legislature’s ongoing regular session would create new layers of disclosure in regard to prescription drug pricing in Louisiana.
The policy push has caught the attention of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents companies that research, develop and market medicines. They’re also companies that are being targeted by via the drug pricing legislation.

Sales tax revenue up in April

Eunice sales tax collections jumped 28 percent from March to April, however, collections from January through April lag 1.6 percent below the same period in 2016.
According to statistics from the St. Landry Parish School Board Sales Tax Division, Eunice sale tax revenue was $503,493 in April, up from $393,486 in March.
A similar increase occurred in 2016 when there was an 18 percent increase in sales tax revenue from March to April in Eunice. The April 2016 total was $483,899.

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