Louisiana

8 States Making Tax Changes: Some Painful, Some Pleasant

As you prepare your tax returns for 2012, be warned: A number of states have made or are considering big changes to their state income taxes. With some of those changes already having taken effect, you need to know whether you're in the line of fire -- or in line for a tax break.

Midday Market Minute: BP, Gulf Coast Oil Spillers Face Day in Court

Nearly three years after a deepwater well rupture killed 11 men, sank a rig and spewed 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP and the other companies involved are scheduled to face their judge in court. The trial is set to start Monday in New Orleans before a federal judge, but a settlement is possible.

10 States with the Most People Living on Edge of Financial Ruin

Across America today, millions of people are unable to save for even short-term emergencies -- but in some places, people have it worse than others. Business Insider reveals the states where residents are the least able to cope with unexpected money troubles.

These Are Most and Least Charitable States - but Why?

Earlier this month, Mint.com published a map of the most and least generous states when it comes to charity. Since then, personal finance writers have struggled to find a pattern to explain why some states give so much more to the less fortunate than others.

The 10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

When deciding where to live in retirement, people usually consider climate, cost of living, and proximity to friends, family, and their favorite activities. Well, state and local taxes should play a role in the choice to, because they'll surely have an impact on your finances.

Thousands Fall Victim to Utility Payment Scam

As much as President Barack Obama wants your vote, he won't pay your electric bill. But thousands of Americans have been persuaded otherwise, falling victim to a scam that claims to be part of an federal program to help pay utility bills in the midst of this scorching summer.

107 Days: That's How Long It'll Take to Pay Your Taxes

More than three months of your hard-earned wages are going straight to your tax bill this year. Americans will spend an average of 29% of their income on federal, state and local taxes in 2012, the Tax Foundation announced Monday.

The 10 Worst-Paying Cities in America for Women

International Women's Day honors women's successes, and also their struggles for equality. Nearly a century after American women won the universal right to vote, equal pay continues to remain a distant goal. Here are the metropolitan areas where the wage gap is the widest.

Clerk's Mistake Makes Louisiana Man a Millionaire

When Robert Thibodaux Sr. went to buy his weekly lottery tickets at the end of October, he planned to spend $5, but the clerk accidentally added the powerplay option, bumping up his purchase by $2. The result was a $1 million payday.

Illegal Immigrants: Moving to America's Center

Illegal immigrant populations are shrinking in New York, Florida and the Mountain West states, as undocumented workers relocate to states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a report released last week.

After Katrina, the New Orleans Population Goes Upscale

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is older, wealthier and less diverse, but it's also home to more well-off young people -- demographic changes that could attract more businesses and developers, and give a real lift to efforts to rebuild the Big Easy.

A Tough First Day for Oil Spill Claims Czar Feinberg

Kenneth Feinberg, who was jointly selected to be the new oil spill claims czar by the White House and BP, spent his first official day on the job Monday taking heat over the guidelines he has established for claims against the fund BP set up for victims of the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

BP Oil Spill Could Lower Gulf Coast Home Prices By $56,000

The decline in property values could total $3 billion over five years, Bloomberg reported, citing real estate data company CoreLogic. The BP oil spill could wipe out the premium that buyers normally pay to be near the ocean. The total losses along the Gulf coast could total $3 billion over five years, Bloomberg reported, citing real estate data company CoreLogic Inc. The spill could wipe out the premium that buyers normally pay to be near the ocean.

Gulf Coast Tourism Spots Ask BP for $55 Million Grant

A consortium of Gulf Coast tourist destinations has requested a $55 million grant from BP to fund a marketing campaign aimed at luring vacationers back. While the group hopes to entice tourists, it will also need to be honest about the spill's impact on their beaches.

How Past Environmental Disasters Changed America

Corporate disasters can lead to unprecedented changes in the way business and government operates. For example, the massive 1969 oil spill off Santa Barbara, Calif., helped give birth to the environmental movement.