A similar earlier bill was first introduced by Sen. Mike Michot. Louisiana Crossroads Director Todd Mouton and Scott Aiges, director of music business development for the New Orleans mayor's office of economic development, testified before the Senate Revenue and Fiscal affairs committee on how the bill could foster more investment in Louisiana's music industry.
The adopted bill, Act No. 485, is similar to the controversial film tax credits that grant filmmakers tax breaks to film in Louisiana. Proponents contend that the credits import revenue into Louisiana, while opponents argue that over time, the credit could bleed tax revenue from the state's coffers.
Louisiana Music Commission Executive Director Bernie Cyrus estimates that there are some 300 studios operating in Louisiana, not counting the increasing number of smaller home-based recording studios.
For more than a year, Dirk Powell has been recording and mixing music at The Cypress House, his studio in Parks. He's recorded local acts like The Red Stick Ramblers, Feu Follet, Corey Ledet, and Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys.
Powell says the musicians he talks with outside of Louisiana find recording here appealing. "They know that the ambiance and the general lifestyle and energy of southwest Louisiana will produce a good experience for recording," he says. "The sense of the area and the priorities inspire them. I've seen it happen a lot of times.
"It helps to offer them a financial incentive," he adds. "It also further proves that Louisiana recognizes its own unique culture and its own value. That's something that's not always talked about ' the fact that Louisiana takes the music industry seriously, as this indicates. I'm really glad that Gov. Blanco saw the wisdom of this. It just bodes well for Louisiana, recognizing that its culture is probably one if its best assets ' economically and otherwise."
The Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.