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'Business Report': Is La.'s billion-dollar investment in film an economic boon or fiscal drain?

'Business Report': Is La.'s billion-dollar investment in film an economic boon or fiscal drain?

In 2002, Louisiana enacted a relatively modest Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit Program. Since then, lawmakers have expanded the program into arguably the most generous in the country. As Business Report details in its new cover story, the...

DATE: August 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Robin Williams' legacy: <i>Carpe diem</i>

Robin Williams' legacy: Carpe diem

Robin Williams was a comic genius and I can't imagine anyone who didn't laugh at his many characters. But some of his roles had powerful messages as well.

DATE: August 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Rolfe McCollister

Short-timers

Short-timers

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board in 2012 unanimously hired Bernard Taylor to be the system's next superintendent. In 2014 the board voted 10-1 not to extend his contract, which means Taylor, like his predecessor, John Dilworth, likely won't...

DATE: August 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Current Issue

Flimflam and fraud

Show business has a long history of, shall we say, "creative" accounting, while Louisiana government is known for a somewhat flexible approach to ethics.

DATE: August 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Current Issue

Louisiana's billion-dollar investment in film:

Louisiana's billion-dollar investment in film:

In 1987, director Taylor Hackford and actor Dennis Quaid came to Baton Rouge to make Everybody's All American, about fictional 1950s football hero Gavin Grey. It wasn't the first big-budget movie to shoot in Louisiana, but the film business...

DATE: August 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Current Issue

La. budget shortfall pegged at $1.2B for next year

Louisiana state lawmakers got their first glimpse today of next year's budget gap that they'll have to close, and The Associated Press reports it's another hefty shortfall: $1.2 billion. The grim news, delivered to the joint legislative budget...

DATE: August 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Cost of efficiency consultant to help balance La. budget bumped up to $7.4M

The price tag has nearly doubled for Gov. Bobby Jindal's hiring of an outside consulting firm to recommend new ways to balance the state budget. The Associated Press reports the contract for Alvarez & Marsal was worth $4.2 million when the New...

DATE: August 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Ducote talks 'Cutthroat Kitchen' experience

Ducote talks 'Cutthroat Kitchen' experience

Local food blogger and chef Jay Ducote made a respectable showing on Sunday's episode of Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen. In the episode titled "Ho-ley Pot," Ducote competed using single-brew coffee pots to cook up hot Italian sausage...

DATE: August 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: (Dine) Roundup

View masterfully cut glass at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum

View masterfully cut glass at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum

The local museum shines with this latest exhibit and opening reception. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts an exhibition party Thursday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. for its latest display, "American Brilliant Period Cut Glass: A Silver Lining." The...

DATE: August 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: (Weekender) Arts

Gameday Season

Gameday Season

If you're a die-hard football fan (or at the very least, a Louisiana football fan), weekends are about to get really busy. Whether it's high school, college or NFL, you're in the stands or in front of the TV cheering on your favorite team. And if...

DATE: August 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Trend

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