Red River Radio Local News Segment

Courtesy: La.Gov_YouTube

NEW INCOME TAX PLAN FOR LOUISIANA-Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday revealed a new income tax plan  of Louisiana’s much-criticized tax system, proposing to lower some tax rates in exchange for eliminating many tax breaks and making businesses subject to a new tax on sales.

Courtesy: CBS/Face The Nation

SAYS BILL WAS RUSHED -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R- Arkansas, believes “the House moved a bit too fast” on efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Courtesy: Rep. Trent Ashby

HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENT:   The Texas House dug into bills this week  that measure student performance.    The House Public Education  Committee weighed a number of bills including one filed by Lufkin Republican Trent Ashby  --  House Bill 1776 – would eliminate the US  history exam as a high school graduation requirement  AND replace it with the same civics test that is given to people who apply for US citizenship.

Courtesy: KUT.org

Texas lawmakers met Monday at the Capitol to consider changes to Child Protective Services which is a top priority this legislative session. A federal judge ruled the state agency violates children’s  constitutional rights.  A  new bill, HB 1549, is aimed at improving prevention and early intervention for vulnerable children.  It would call on the agency to implement a  new evidence-based program that would determine the frequency of in-home visits with families based on their history of abuse or other risk factors.

Courtesy: Louisiana.Gov

SALES TAX STREAMLINING  & MODERNIZATION COMMISSION:  You might not think it matters how sales tax is collected in Louisiana but according to some public officials… who does the collecting and where it’s collected does matter. In Baton Rouge, the Sales Tax Streamlining Commission has been in meetings and is nearly ready to release their recommendations on sales tax exclusions and exemptions, but they seem to have reached an impasse on another aspect of streamlining.   Dawn Starns with the National Federation of Business favors a centralized sales tax collection system. 

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