Citizens’ Property Insurance, the state’s nonprofit insurer
of last resort, wants to raise property insurance rates an average of 18
percent statewide. Citizens bases its rates on other insurers’ prices in order
to remain competitive and says it can no longer put off the price hike. The
higher rates could take effect as early as October. State Insurance
Commissioner Jim Donelon must first sign off on the deal.
Citizens is facing opposition to the plan from the state
senate insurance committee, which held a special meeting last Thursday in
Vermilion Parish to discuss Citizens’ proposal. Committee chair Don Cravins,
who is running for Congress, and state Sen. Nick Gautreaux say that Citizens is
yet to have its executive committee approve the new rates.
“Even if their board does approve the increases, I will urge
Commissioner Donelon to reject the increase immediatedly,” Cravins says in a
press release issued Friday. "We cannot allow Citizens to raise rates on our
citizens along the coast when there is still no private insurer for them to
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.