Roundup: State budget / LSU Online / Amazon investment 

    Tax breaks: Louisiana state senators are shrinking the scope—and the price tags—of tax break bills as they prepare to shape their version of next year’s budget and account for the business tax cuts that could reach final passage. Some lawmakers hope they can wrap up their budget, tax and other work a few days early in the ongoing special session that must end June 30. To do that, the House and Senate will need to reach agreement on how to handle the state’s finances—and how much they want to cut taxes for businesses amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Read the full story.  

    Expansion: LSU Online & Continuing Education today announced it has launched a partnership with Quality Matters, or QM, a nonprofit organization focused on leading quality assurance for online and digital teaching environments. The partnership will allow students with credits from QM and Teaching Online Certificate holders to get LSU course credits and marks another expansion of LSU’s online programs. See the full announcement. 

    Climate pledge: Amazon.com is launching a $2 billion internal venture-capital fund focused on technology investments to reduce the impact of climate change, the latest sustainability initiative from the technology giant after criticism of its environmental record, The Wall Street Journal reports. The new fund, which will be called The Climate Pledge Fund, will invest in companies across a number of industries, including transportation, energy generation, battery storage, manufacturing and food and agriculture. Read the full story.

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