Your federal tax cut savings may help to fill $1 billion budget gap

By Tryfon Boukouvidis and Drew White

Do you want the state to take a small part of your federal tax cut savings to help solve its budget problems?

Right now, that will happen automatically for many Louisiana residents as the federal tax cuts lower the value of the deductions they can take on their state returns. And as the Legislature heads into a special fiscal session on Monday, it is one of the only possible aids to closing a $1 billion budget gap that both Democrats and Republicans seem happy to accept.

Read the story in The Daily Advertiser.

What’s next for Raising Cane’s? A deal with Panda Express, franchise locations in Hawaii, Alaska

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Freshly cooked food sits on the line to be served at the LSU Student Union Panda Express on Wednesday. Co-founder and co-CEO Andrew Cherng visited the location. He has linked a deal to franchise Raising Cane’s chicken finger restaurants in Hawaii and Alaska. PHOTO BY DILYN STEWART, LSU REVEILLE

By Katie Gagliano

Raising Cane’s is entering two of its newest markets aboard Panda Express.

Asian food-dining mogul Andrew Cherng, Panda’s co-founder and co-CEO, has inked a deal with the Baton Rouge-based company to franchise the chicken finger restaurant in Hawaii and Alaska, with plans to open locations there by year’s end.

Read the story in The Advocate.

Monument to honor families of fallen soldiers

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Gold Star mother, Ruth Reed, testifies before the Gold Star Families Honoring Committee. Committee members pictured include: Col. Joey Strickland-Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs on the left; Rep. Lowell Haze, R-Pineville, in the center; and Sen. Jonathan Perry, R-Kaplan, on the right. (Photo: Joby Richard/LSU Manship School News Service)

By Joby Richard

The state’s Gold Star Families Honoring Committee on Thursday approved the design for a monument near the Capitol honoring the families of fallen soldiers.

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Raising Cane’s expanding to Hawaii, Alaska through partnership

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Freshly cooked food sits on the line to be served at the LSU Student Union Panda Express on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Dilyn Stewart/LSU Daily Reveille)

By Katie Gagliano

Panda Express co-founder and co-CEO Andrew Cherng visited his company’s LSU Student Union location Wednesday morning, inspecting the kitchen and shaking hands with line cooks preparing meals for students.

Cherng was in Baton Rouge for the Raising Cane’s Operators Conference after Cherng’s Panda Restaurant Group inked a deal with the Baton Rouge-based company to franchise the chicken finger restaurant in Hawaii and Alaska.

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Medicaid work requirement wouldn’t change much in Louisiana

By Kaylee Poche and Ryan Noonan

Even though requiring Medicaid recipients to work is one of the few areas in which Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican legislators agree, experts say implementing the rules may not have much of an impact.

House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, proposed Medicaid work requirements in a letter to the governor last week, and Edwards has long said he supported the general concept. The governor’s aides met with Trump administration officials in Washington last month to discuss the details, including what would be considered “work” under the program.

Read the story in NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.