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Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne will present a proposed budget to the Legislature this Friday.

State’s dependence on federal aid leaves budget picture unclear

Sydney McGovern,
Brittney Forbes and
Cortney Brown
LSU Manship School
News Service
BATON ROUGE — With an estimated $2 billion provided to Louisiana from a federal coronavirus aid bill passed in December and the likelihood of another federal stimulus package, state legislators are hopeful they can balance the budget for fiscal 2022 with no more than modest cuts.

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211 Assistance available to help with self-reporting damage survey following winter weather event

BATON ROUGE – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness continues to request information from anyone who received damage due to the winter weather event last week. It is important to all of the agencies responsible for recovery to gather this information as quickly as possible.
The self-reporting survey, which can be found at, will help local and state emergency managers collect data to move forward with the recovery process.

President Biden approves Gov. Edwards’ request for Federal Emergency Declaration due to impact of historic winter storms

BATON ROUGE — President Joseph R. Biden has approved Governor John Bel Edwards’ request for a federal emergency declaration for all 64 Louisiana parishes impacted by the severe and historic winter weather. Specifically, FEMA will provide emergency protective measures (Category B) for mass care and sheltering and direct federal assistance from federal agencies.

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BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development staff is preparing to respond in the event of adverse weather. Forecasts call for freezing temperatures with the possibility of wintry precipitation in some areas of the state this coming weekend.
DOTD will have crews out scouting the roadways and bridges and will be prepared to respond, if necessary.



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