Sen. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, commented on the sales tax compromise. Photo by Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service.

How the deal was finally done

By Paul Braun and Tryfon Boukouvidis
LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE – With the Legislature’s approval this weekend of a compromise to fund the state’s budget, ending a conundrum that has tormented lawmakers and citizens alike for the last three years, two Senate leaders reflected on how the deal came together and what lies ahead for Louisiana.

Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, criticized Republican plans to limit any sales tax increase to shrink state government. Photo by Jacqueline DeRobertis/LSU Manship School News Service.

Winners and losers emerge

By Paul Braun and Tryfon Boukouvidis
LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE– A clearer picture emerged Thursday about the winners and losers in the most recent shuffling of how the Legislature would divide the revenue from extending four-tenths of a cent of sales tax.
Republicans touted the four-tenths plan as a way to restore full funding to higher education, Go Grants, and district attorneys’ salaries while shaving one-tenth of a penny off a sales tax extension that Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed. The vote was 60-40.

Gov. John Bel Edwards called Monday for the Legislature to put aside partisan politics and extend revenue measures to avoid cuts in state services. (Photo by Tryfon Boukouvidis/LSU Manship School News Service)

Revenue or cut session begins

By Tryfon Boukouvidis,
Paul Braun and Drew White
LSU Manship School
News Service
BATON ROUGE — At the outset of the third special legislative session this year, Gov. John Bel Edwards chided a group of House Republicans Monday for having blocked efforts to raise revenue to avoid budget cuts and said this was the “last chance” to solve the problem.

The Campbell family, including his children and their children in front of the Charles Campbell Curriculum Annex Building.

Vermilion Parish School board building now: ‘Charles Campbell Curriculum Annex’

Vermilion Parish residents may notice a difference while visiting the school board. Wednesday evening, the school board held a reception dedicating and re-naming the Vermilion Parish School Board Curriculum Annex Building.
The buildings’ new name is the Charles Campbell Annex Building, dedicated to the late Charles Campbell who was a long time school board member. He passed away while in office.
Campbell’s entire career was dedicated to education, part of his career being at UL, but mostly at the VPSB.

KVPI office manager Bonnie Fontenot is pictured here sitting at her desk inside the station for the last time as she retired this week after working for 60 years. Her time at KVPI also included her doing local and state news broadcasts in the afternoon every day at 3:00 p.m. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

At the end of the dial

Ever since Thomas Edison uttered “Mary had a little lamb” into his phonograph as the first ever recording in 1877, the radio medium has brought news, information, and entertainment into homes world wide in large and small markets. One of the small markets to have a local radio station is here in Ville Platte. With some smaller radio stations fading away like their signal and with others being bought up by large media companies, KVPI has remained locally owned and has continuously kept Ville Platte informed since its beginning in 1953.


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