Wildlife & Fisheries, Natural Resources chiefs optimistic about funding

Although the funding cards have not always being dealt in their favor, the heads of departments of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Fisheries remain optimistic about their respective fortunes in the forthcoming fiscal year, the House subcommittee on Infrastructure and Resources was told March 30.
For starters, Natural Resources Secretary Tom Harris noted that, as of mid-March, the price of oil is almost at an ideal spot, with 35 active oil rigs working every week.

LSU Survey finds support for short sentences for non-violent offenders

Half of Louisiana’s overall adult residents believes the state’s criminal justice system is fair, but seven in 10 black respondents say it unfair, according to The Louisiana Survey released Tuesday.
Two-thirds of those polled believe crime incidents have increased 10 percentage points in the last year, up from 55 percent in 2015.

Rep. Terry Landry, middle with microphone, says he is in favor of criminal justice reform.

Legislators talk about criminal justice reform

As Louisiana officials have looked for cost-cutting measures amid budget issues, one option that has come up is reforming the criminal justice system.
Gov. John Bel Edwards received a plan from the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force two weeks ago. The plan covers a year of examination of sentencing and trends.

La. residents favor taxes for transportation infrastructure improvements

More than half of Louisiana’s residents favor raising taxes to support transportation infrastructure. The state is in need of federal transportation funds, but recent events show it is unclear when the state will get it.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Resources the state has sent a request to President Trump outlining its transportation funding needs, which includes dredging, the Causeway Bridge, LA1 and additional ferries.

PHI Inc. stated it is shutting down operations at its Amelia- Morgan City facility. (Photo by Bill Decker, The Daily Review of Morgan City)

PHI confirms closing Morgan City base

St. Mary officials hope they can persuade PHI Inc. to keep its Amelia-Morgan City facility open after the air transportation company confirmed Wednesday that it plans to close that operation.
At least one official, Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau Executive Director Carrie Stansbury, is making plans for what will happen if persuasion fails.


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