As much as I feel FEMA is there to help, I also feel it should be accountable for every cent it spends. I hope it has not become another government waste like our military expenses. No, I don't mean for our troops' safety; I mean inflating prices of nuts and bolts that cost 30 cents, but we the taxpayers are billed $5 each for. An example is a blue tarp put on a home by a general contractor would cost around $500 depending on size, and yet FEMA thinks nothing of paying more than $1,000 for each one. Also, why did we allow all those lower than life so-and-so's to receive FEMA checks for nothing? How hard is it to make those applying provide pictures from a $5 throwaway camera showing an actual address? Most importantly, tell everyone receiving money that they are required to submit invoices for money issued in six months, or they must repay our hard earned taxes.
Now to FEMA housing, is there any requirement besides saying you have nothing? Why can there not be a condition that we will provide housing for just so long, then you must find a job and start paying back the cost of your home or trailer paid for by our taxes.
New Orleans will never be better unless it learns that it cannot keep a blind eye to those staying on Welfare, committing crimes, doing drugs. If you're willing to work, welcome back, if not, you're not wanted, nor do we owe you anything. Having babies just to increase your Welfare checks should never be allowed. Drug tests should be mandatory for everyone receiving assistance.
Again I'm sorry for your hardship, but I don't pay taxes so you can just sit around and do nothing. Come on FEMA, get some guidelines to all this tax money you're giving out!
The Lafayette Parish School Board's mishandling of its insurance selection process over the last two years has caught the attention of the FBI.
Kids under 18 will have to pursue skin cancer the old-fashioned way.
Lafayette Parish School Board member Kermit Bouillion says he will defend his District 5 seat in the upcoming election.
The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity sent the pledge request to all 144 lawmakers in February.
The 5-foot-10, 203-pound former second-round pick has gone to three Pro Bowls in his five seasons.
The state argues that if they identify how they're getting the drugs, they could have trouble buying more because companies don't want to be known as helping in an execution.
The enrollment period ends this month.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.