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Biomedical Research Foundation has decided to move forward with a plan to operate and manage LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and other cities in Louisiana. More >>
Biomedical Research Foundation has decided to move forward with a plan to operate and manage LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana.More >>
LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) -
A tax to renew road maintenance in Livingston Parish has the parish president and some citizens at a crossroads. One side says the tax is a guise to fund employee healthcare, but Parish President Layton Ricks says the money isn't going anywhere it's not supposed to.
On Southpoint Drive in Denham Springs, patches are now where potholes used to be. But Ricks says if voters do not support renewing an almost $2 million road maintenance tax, the bumpy roads in the parish will never be smooth.
"It goes to fix our roads. We have to be able to do that," Ricks said.
But, there are some in the parish who are not in favor, saying the administration will use the road money to instead help fund 100 percent of employee healthcare.
Scott Jones has been fighting with the parish for years over how the road money has been spent.
"We have to say we oppose the tax because you're taking 1.8 million that this tax generates, putting it in a pot and that's going to pay salaries, insurance premiums that are skyrocketing every year," Jones said.
Ricks says Jones is incorrect. He says while Livingston Parish does have two road taxes and the money from one has gone to insurance premiums, voters are being asked to renew the tax that only goes for road maintenance.
"Not one dime of health insurance for employees comes out of this maintenance millage," Ricks said.
Jones does not buy it and says he still believes all the money should go to road upkeep.
"Could shave off a half-million in insurance premiums, put that back in road fund. You could do some major parish roads that need it," he said.
Ricks does admit, however, that some residents do have a problem with the parish paying 100 percent of employee health benefits. But for now, he says he's trying to address the number one problem in the parish, which is the roads.
For the other side, it simply says make sure the public's money is used appropriately.
The renewal of the road maintenance tax will be on the November ballot.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:59 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:59:20 GMT
(CNN) – Brad Pitt has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood the last two decades. But the actor said recognizing other people's faces has always been a problem. In an Esquire interview,More >>
In an Esquire interview, Brad Pitt said he was convinced he suffered from "face blindness."More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:24 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:24:18 GMT
Concealed weapon permits are popular certain parts of Louisiana, though some of locations may surprise you. Louisiana Department of Public Safety officials gave a report to state legislators detailingMore >>
Concealed weapon permits are popular in certain parts of Louisiana, though some locations may surprise you.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>