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  • February 24, 2022 6:18 AM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    By a tally of 65 to 27, the U.S. Senate approved a continuing resolution (H.R. 6617) that will fund the federal government through March 11. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the continuing resolution or CR for short, and President Joe Biden signed it into law. Without the passage of this continuing resolution, parts of the federal government would have shut down last Friday. Lawmakers are also working to lock in a broader full-year spending package, but have said they need more time to finish and, as a result, needed a short-term funding extension to avert a shutdown. Historically, federal government shutdowns have caused delays in payments from federal agencies to nonprofits and disruptions in the delivery of federal benefits.

  • February 24, 2022 6:11 AM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The Nonprofit Finance Fund State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey opened on January 26, and will run through February 28, 2022. This is a vital national survey on the financial health of nonprofits, and state associations traditionally have the greatest success in promoting it. The Survey collects data on the experiences of nonprofit leaders and informs our sector's efforts to improve the lives of people in communities across the country. In the past, its findings have been widely used and cited by nonprofit leaders and boards, funders, advocates, policymakers, media, researchers, and many others. 

    ACTION ITEM: Please take the survey and spread to your other nonprofit colleagues in the state. 

  • February 24, 2022 3:21 AM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    It’s still early, but here’s how some of the top spots are starting to look….

    Top Spot – Governor

    No one has officially announced yet for this race, but names being tossed around include Hunter Lundy, a Lake Charles personal injury attorney and one-time congressional candidate. Although he last ran as a right-leaning Democrat, Lundy says he is done with both parties and would run as an independent. “I’m in the radical middle.” – Hunter Lundy

    Other possible candidates mentioned include the current Attorney General Jeff Landry, Treasurer John Schroder, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Sen. Gary Smith of Norco (the lone Democrat rumored so far), Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, Sen. Rick Ward of Maringouin, and Rep. Richard Nelson of Mandeville. 

    #2 Spot - Lieutenant Governor

    House Speaker Clay Schexnayder was originally expected to make a bid for agriculture commissioner, but now it appears he is eyeing the #2 spot of lieutenant governor during the 2023 cycle. 

    State Treasurer

    Rep. Scott McKnight of Baton Rouge was originally eyeing the lieutenant governor’s race, but is now considering a run at treasurer. McKnight grew up working in the family business at Wright & Percy Insurance, now known as BXS Insurance, and has the voting record of a small government, free market, pro-business conservative.

    Attorney General

    Solicitor General Liz Murrill of Baton Rouge has already hit the ground running in her bid for attorney general. Others thinking about the race include House and Governmental Affairs Chair John Stefanski of Crowley and Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee of Houma.

  • February 11, 2022 6:12 AM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 – a $1.9 trillion economic relief package – was signed by President Joe Biden March 11, 2021. The ARPA budget includes $350 billion in new funding for state, local, territorial and tribal governments through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). Within the SLFRF, $195 billion is distributed directly to state governments, with wide discretion on funding that can be used to address short- and long-term economic recovery. National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) have collected information on how states have allocated SLFRF funds to date. Note this page only includes state allocations of funds from the SLFRF, not from other sources of funding in the ARPA.

    Other ARPA local investment trackers include:

    National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

    Brookings Institute

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