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Pandemic pivot: Pressure mounts, but restarting the Louisiana economy won’t be easy

Pressure is mounting to ease COVID-19-related restrictions on business, but restarting the economy won’t be easy—or fast.

Deal reportedly reached on major parts of $500B virus aid package 

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said this morning an agreement has been reached on major elements of a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package...

Oil futures drop to never before seen negative prices

Today’s collapse of world oil prices has sent the Louisiana energy sector into a tailspin, threatening to shutter hundreds of production and service companies...

Governor begins laying plans to reopen Louisiana economy

The state’s hospitals and clinics could reopen for routine care and non-COVID-19 related treatment as soon as May 1, if not sooner,  according to...

State leaders looking to major infrastructure projects to restart state’s economy

With the coronavirus-stressed economy now in a recession and perhaps headed to a depression, some business and political leaders are looking to speed up...
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Baton Rouge financial advisers answer employee FAQs about 401(k) plans

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the federal government to loosen the rules for tapping into retirement savings, raising questions from 401(k) account holders who...
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BRAC releases economic indicator dashboard measuring COVID-19 impact 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today released a COVID-19 dashboard that examines and assesses the impact of the novel coronavirus on the regional economy....

State’s unemployed claims could spike soon, economist warns

Nearly 266,000 people are currently out of work in Louisiana because of COVID-19, local economist Loren Scott estimates.  It’s a significant spike from the reported...

Louisiana farmers begin planting amid price uncertainty

Planting is underway or about to start for most Louisiana crops, and farmers are watching the markets closely as the world economy reels from...

Gasoline prices continue to plummet

The city of London, Kentucky, has become the first city in the U.S. to see its gasoline prices drop below $1 a gallon, The...

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