-The Jefferson Parish Council will vote in August on a Sewerage and Water Board User Fee to be utilized over the next 20 years. Our pipes are over 50 to 60-years-old and need replacing. We want to support our JP Council and administration in this effort to protect our properties and lure businesses to our area.
-Lawmakers approved the final piece of the $10 million project between Bucktown Harbor and Bonnabel boat launch with rock breakwaters for marshland to add fishing and canoeing.
-Top Taco Festival will move to Lafreniere Park on Sept. 23rd.
-Jefferson Parish began “Vax Perks Program” encouraging businesses to partner with health care professionals to administer the vaccines to their employees.
-Jefferson Parish public high school graduates with a 2.0 grade point average can be automatically admitted to the University of New Orleans without the ACT or SAT score required.
-SwayBox Studios in Jefferson Parish will expand its animation production operations under La.’s Entertainment Job Creation Program.
-Governor Edwards announced Shot At a Million campaign to win money and prizes for La. residents that have received the covid vaccine shot
-The Governor agreed to end the federal unemployment aid on July 31st with a $28 state unemployment increase
-La. will shift up to $300 million in taxes charged on the sales of new cars and trucks to roadwork.
-Legislature passed a tax exemption on sales tax for diapers, tampons and other feminine hygiene products.
-DEQ will add Electric Vehicle charging stations along interstates.
-A tax reform bill will go for a vote of the people getting rid of personal income tax and corporate tax deductions for federal income taxes paid in exchange for lowering the state’s income tax rates.
-A bill was signed that will make Kindergarten mandatory in La.
-We now have a sustainable funding source in Sports Betting for early childhood education.
-Protections for the digital media incentive were passed.
-State funded $10.5 million in state dollars annually to pay for education in high-demand, high-paying careers at state community and technical colleges.
-Louisiana Green Corps has a job training program for youths and adults in Stormwater Management and Construction
–The Fast Forward program allowing for dual enrollment in high school to take college courses has a 50% participation rate in some districts. We need to get a greater participation rate in Jeff Parish.
FEBRUARY 2021 Government Highlights
VOTE: SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021
Water and Sewerage tax renewal vote on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Early voting is March 6 – 13, 2021. For more information, visit GeauxVote.com
State Legislator race, District 82.
Jefferson Parish Clean and Safe Pledge for all area businesses to agree to:
- Follow CDC Cleaning Protocols
- Wear Masks or Face Coverings
- Provide Hand Sanitizer
- Practice Social Distancing
- Train Staff How to Be Clean & Safe
- Abide by all Orders and Directives Issued by Governmental and Public Health Officials
You can download your decal after you fill out the form at www.visitjeffersonparish.com
- Tax credit for your 2020 tax return…Filers can choose to use their 2019 income rather than their 2020 income.
- Education Superintendent, Cade Brumley, wants to launch “Fast Forward” to allow juniors and seniors to spend time earning an associate degree or take part in an apprenticeship while in high school. The money will follow the student; not the institution.
- NASA based at Stennis Space Center tested for the most powerful rocket in the world.
- S&P upgraded the La. Highway Bond rating for state highway improvements.
- City Park will host a drive-thru “Floats in the Oaks” to see floats from different Mardi Gras krewes.
- French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest have been postponed to the fall.
- Copeland Tower (or the old Landmark Hotel) will be converted to a Senior Community called Vitality Living.