As Dr. Loren Scott prepares to present his annual Louisiana Economic
Outlook at the sixth annual Entrée to Business Luncheon in Lafayette,
he is keenly aware that one of Acadiana’s key industries is at a
tipping point. “Seldom has the Lafayette economy hung by a string like
the one it faces over the next two years,” says the professor emeritus
of economics at LSU. “President Obama has proposed $33 billion in new
taxes on the extraction industry. Just proposing the tax has caused a
significant drop in the rig count and created job losses in Lafayette
despite high oil prices. Will this legislation ultimately pass? That’s
the ‘string’ that will determine Lafayette’s future over 2010-11.”
Scott’s fall forecast always draws a packed house. Tickets are now on sale for the event, slated for Tuesday, Oct. 13, at The Cajundome Convention Center at 11:30 a.m.
MidSouth Bank and Dwight Andrus Insurance join forces once again as presenting co-sponsors for the luncheon, which is a sell-out each year. Attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets early.Individual tickets are $45. Reserved tables of eight are $395. Each attendee will receive a CD with Scott’s complete LEO report along with his PowerPoint presentation specific to Acadiana statistics, made possible in part by Vidox Productions. Additional information, including a ticket order form, is available online at www.acadianabusiness.com; click on the INDevents button. For information or to order by phone, contact Kathy Lowry at 337-769-8620.
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
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The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
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Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will perform together during an intimate gig at Parish Ink, 310 Jefferson St., from 9-11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
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State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand: